The Washington Capitals remain committed to Braden Holtby as their starting goaltender while pursuing a veteran option to serve as his backup, general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday.

“I think we can get more out of Holtby,” MacLellan said on a teleconference. “My plan would be as of now to go with Holtby as our No. 1 and find him a backup goaltender.”

As his confidence issues became more pronounced last season, reflected in sporadic playing time and inconsistent production, the biggest issue pointed to a style change from then-coach Adam Oates, which stuck goaltenders deeper into the crease. This clashed with what Holtby called his “natural instincts,” though the 24-year-old maintained he was on the same page with goaltending coach Olie Kolzig.

Holtby was better down the stretch, recording three straight road wins with just six total goals allowed in early April, but still rotated time throughout the season with trade-deadline acquisition Jaroslav Halak and Hershey call-up Philipp Grubauer.

“I think there was coaching philosophy change that he wasn’t totally comfortable with,” MacLellan said. “I think it changed a little bit throughout the season. Circumstances might have affected his play throughout last year.”

MacLellan also indicated he would prefer a veteran backup to Holtby with Grubauer logging starter’s minutes as the No. 3 option in Hershey.

As for Holtby’s new teacher, MacLellan said he expects former Nashville goaltending coach Mitch Korn to join the Capitals in the same capacity, though nothing has been finalized yet. Reports last Thursday indicated the move was pending.