Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/03/11 at 02:59 PM ET
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
After the first day of free agency passed and Vokoun remained unsigned, his agent contacted the Capitals with an offer McPhee couldn’t ignore.
“We were told early yesterday that Tomas Vokoun wanted to play on a top team and that he would forgo a big deal to do it,” McPhee explained in a conference call Sunday.
The Capitals signed Vokoun to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, considerably less than what many predicted for a netminder who’s tied for the best save percentage in the league since 2005-06.
“The money side, it’s not great, but I think the opportunity is unbelievable,” Vokoun said in a conference call with reporters. “Obviously it was disappointing day for me on July 1. For whatever reason I was in a bad spot, and Washington came in.”
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