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Vokoun, Capitals strike 1-year deal

The Washington Capitals have a new goaltender, signing free agent Tomas Vokoun to a one-year deal on Saturday.

The Washington Capitals have a new goaltender, signing free agent Tomas Vokoun to a one-year deal on Saturday.

"We are excited to add an elite veteran goaltender to the Capitals," Washington GM George McPhee said in a statement. "We now have a nice blend of talent, depth, experience and youth in the goaltending position."

While financial details were not released, a number of outlets were reporting a contract worth 1.5 million US.

The 34-year-old Vokoun earned $6.3 million US last season, posting six shutouts in 57 games with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

"I'm very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization," Vokoun said. "It is a terrific team with a lot of talent and I look forward to doing everything I can for us to reach our ultimate goal in winning the Stanley Cup."

Vokoun has been a workhorse, averaging 62 appearances over the past eight seasons with Nashville and Florida, and ranks fourth among active goalies with 44 shutouts.

The Czech Republic native has appeared in just 12 playoff games in his career and none in the last four seasons as the Panthers have continually struggled.

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