We knew it was going to happen, we just didn’t want to believe it.
Philipp Grubauer, beloved backup goalie, is no longer a Washington Capital.
On Friday the Caps traded him to the Colorado Avalanche WITH Brooks Orpik in a surprise move. Caps got a second round pick out of it. We didn’t see all that coming.
Grubi has had his eye on a starting position for the past two seasons. There was talk that he would be the one heading to Las Vegas during the expansion draft. However off went Nate Schmidt and the Caps signed him for another year. Details to be revealed soon.
We suggested early on that Grubi could end up with the Islanders. and once Barry Trotz headed north, we thought it was an even better chance. But there were a lot of other goalies out there in the mix (see the link above) and we knew it would not be easy to find Philipp what he wanted (number one) for what he wanted to be paid.
Grubi has always been one of the nicest guys to interact with. He always stops and signs for the fans and is never shy about having his picture taken. He had a fun time at Hockey ‘N Heels this past season, showing us he is more than just a flashy goalie. We will surely miss that smiling face of his.
In the end, we wish him nothing but the best. We watched him grow as a goalie from the moment the Caps drafted him in 2010. We got to see his potential when he was with the Stingrays in 2011 and then he finally made the move to the AHL Hershey Bears in 2012 and finally he made an appearance with the Capitals in 2013. We have always been sold on Grubi. However, he has always been in the shadows of Braden Holtby, making it difficult to fulfill his personal dream of becoming an NHL starting goalie.
We will see him again in DC when the Avs play the Caps and he sits in the net facing his old friend the HoltBeast on February 7, 2019.