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Penguins land solid back up goalie in Tomas Vokoun

Today the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired goalie Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 7th round draft pick in this year’s upcoming draft.  Vokoun, 35 and an unrestricted free agent come July 1st then went on to sign a two year deal with the team worth $2 million per season effectively ending the Penguin career of Brent Johnson.

Vokoun, who had spent the majority of his NHL career with both the Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers had signed a one year deal to play with the Capitals last season.  Vokoun has a career record of 287-284-78, along with a 2.55 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 48 shutouts in 680 games.  With the emergence of Braden Holtby for the Caps during this year’s playoffs and solid play from Michael Neuvirth, there was really no reason for the Caps to bring back Vokoun  who posted a 25-17-2 record, 2.51 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and four shutouts in 48 games including a 1 – 0 shutout of the Pens in early January.

Vokoun should bring some stability to the back up goalie position that has seen the likes of Ty Conklin, Mathieu Garon and Brent Johnson over the last four years.

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  1. pens fan 87's Gravatar pens fan 87
    July 15, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    brent johnson is way better screw Vokoun he sucks shit

  2. Balls's Gravatar Balls
    June 23, 2012 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Finnally some pressure will be taken off fleury

  3. June 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Shero has also said that he will make no effort to re-sign Theissen. After watching Theissen and his slow as molasses reflexes, I believe that is the correct move. Having an older, very experienced goaltender can do nothing but help Fleury. Vokoun will provide the guidance he needs. Great move.

  4. pen's 4ever's Gravatar pen's 4ever
    June 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    There won’t be any cap space left for Staal

  5. pen's 4ever's Gravatar pen's 4ever
    June 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t like it, $2 Million?? So now if Staal won’t take less we have to deal him, so we can get a career .500 back-up that had I believe it was a knee injury/problem.
    Ray should be dumping other Salaries like Martin and Kennedy.

  6. Tangers blanket party Shhhhh!'s Gravatar Tangers blanket party Shhhhh!
    June 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    While I like the pick up I’m wondering what’s up with BJ. His performance last season was so atypical I have been wondering what the underlying causes were.


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