In a move that is real shocking Tomas Vokoun now formally of the Washington Capitals was aquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins today for a 7th round pick in 2012 and then signed a 2 year $4 million contract.
Vokoun was going to be a UFA on July 1st and would have gotten interest from Tampa Bay and Toronto to compete for a potiential starting job but why Pittsburgh. He won't start and will be a backup to Fleury
He was alright for Washington last year going 25-17-2, 2.51 GAA and a .917 SV% and at $2 million a year. I like the move last year the Penguins had Brent Johnson and Brad Thiessen and Johnson at times before this year was a decent backup had a brutal year and Thiessen had some rough games and doesnt seem ready.
The move give the Penguins a good capable backup and the last 4 years Fleury has played 62, 67, 65, and played 67 games last year so it will definatley take the load off Fleury a bit so they don't have to run him on a repeated basis and give Fleury a break more often and also for instances like in the playoffs where Fleury really struggled in the 1st round vs the Flyers they can bring in Vokoun who is just as capable of doing the job
Its not like they have to push Fleury he is still one of the top goaltenders in the NHL but there is nothing wrong with having a strong capable backup that can do the job just look at Boston and Vancouver for instance.
It also shows on Vokoun that rather than take a starting job and more money that he would rather play for a team that has a roster that can win the Stanley Cup now. Teams like Toronto and Tampa Bay for instance will have to look at other options
Now for the Penguins to address the defense a bit and well there Crosby and Jordan Staal who both have 1 year left on their contracts
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