Washington Capitals: The Pros and Cons of Michal Neuvirth as Starting Goalie

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Washington Capitals: The Pros and Cons of Michal Neuvirth as Starting Goalie
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Michal Neuvirth could still be named the starting goalie for the Washington Capitals, if and when the NHL ever resumes playing. 

All summer  long, it was assumed that Braden Holtby would be named the starter.  In fact, I was one of those doing the assuming

But training camp has not even begun, for obvious reasons. And when it does, Michal Neuvirth will have a chance to state his case. 

He has more regular season experience than Braden Holtby, having played 108 games compared to Holtby's 21.  Neuvrith's sizable advantage in experience will be given strong consideration. 

One other thing to consider, however, is that Braden Holtby has not created issues in the locker room.  Michal Neuvirth did just that when he gave an interview to the Czech website iSport.cz (translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks), saying Braden Holtby is "the weakest competition I’ve ever had". 

With all this in mind, let's take a look at the pros and cons of Michal Neuvirth as the starting goalie of the Washington Capitals.

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