Slow and steady does win the race.

Goaltender Braden Holtby, who was delayed by paperwork at the border this week as he tried to bring the family tortoises into Canada, is safely in. So are pets Honey and Maple.

And now Holtby, the longtime Washington Capital who signed a two-year free-agent deal this fall with Vancouver, can settle in and prepare for his new role as Canucks goalie.