Penguins acquire, sign goalie Tomas Vokoun
The Pittsburgh Penguins sent a seventh round draft pick in the upcoming entry draft to Washington on Monday in exchange for veteran No. 1 goalie Tomas Vokoun.
The Penguins signed Vokoun —who was scheduled to be a free agent next month — to a two-year deal. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it is for $2 million US per season.
The Capitals signed Vokoun to a one-year, $1.5 million contract last summer, a move widely praised given the price tag for a goalie with eight seasons of experience as a No. 1 NHL goalie.
Vokoun went 25-17-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage this season, decent stats that belie an inconsistent season.
A nagging groin injury saw him appear just 12 times after Feb. 4, and rookie Braden Holtby overtook Michael Neuvirth to become the team's No. 1 goalie in the playoffs. The Caps upset Boston in the first round before falling in seven to the New York Rangers.
The 35-year-old Vokoun has averaged 60 games in net over the past nine seasons but has appeared in just 11 playoff games in his career. He previously starred with Nashville and Florida after debuting with Montreal in a one-game cameo in 1996-97.
No. 1 Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury enjoyed an impressive regular season but struggled in the first round of the playoffs against Philadelphia. Despite his struggles, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma evidently had little faith in veteran backup Brent Johnson.