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Vokoun Traded To Penguins, Then Signs With Penguins

via TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired goalie Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals on Monday for a seventh-round draft pick and then signed the veteran to a two-year, $4 million contract.

The veteran goalie was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The 35-year-old was 25-17-2 last season with a 2.51 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in 48 appearances for Washington.

Vokoun became the odd man out in Washington with the emergence of Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.

He is likely to become the back-up to starter Marc-Andre Fleury, which makes current back-up Brent Johnson expendable for the Penguins.

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Reports art $2M per year for the two year contract.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/04/12 at 01:50 PM ET

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Great pick up! He will keep Fleury honest and will take some of the playing load of Fleury’s shoulders making sure he is fresh for the playoffs.  The team didn’t feel comfortable in front of Johnson so it was time to find an upgrade.

My only worry with 1.4 million more spent on Vokoun than they did on Johnson, where is the extra cash coming from? We were up against the cap last year and with Staal to be signed makes for an interesting off-season of potential trades.

Posted by Oz from Pittsburgh on 06/04/12 at 01:53 PM ET

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Wow this is surprising…maybe not after the collapse of Fleury during the first round, nice insurance add.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 06/04/12 at 01:55 PM ET

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Fleury was a train wreck all season.  Just when you thought he had returned to his Stanley Cup form after a few bad games, the next game he would let in 5 in the first period.

I only wish that, if in fact the Wings are going to move on from McDonald, Holland would have made this move.  Not only would it have gone a long way to shore up the back up position, it would have been proof that Holland can still be aggresive like he promises to be this offseason.  After all these years of no cap room, I’m not sure Holland knows how to be aggresive when it comes to Free Agency anymore.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/04/12 at 02:59 PM ET

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A lot of leafs fans are crying about Burke not trading for Vokoun, but they don’t take into account that maybe Vokoun doesn’t want to go there and that maybe the leafs did inquire about his availability and was told no.

Posted by Oz_Santwyk from Perth Australia on 06/04/12 at 03:24 PM ET

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If Pittsburgh is up against the cap, maybe they will still flip Vokoun to another team, say Columbus?

Posted by TheFreak on 06/04/12 at 05:52 PM ET

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i wouldnt call a guy who won 42 games a train wreck all season. playoffs indeed, but that was a career high in wins.

Posted by callmedrw on 06/04/12 at 06:01 PM ET

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With all the cap space the Wings have, and as much of a workload as they continue to give Howard, I’m really surprised/disappointed they didn’t pull the trigger on a move like this.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 06/04/12 at 06:32 PM ET

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@Hootinani for sure MAF was bad in the playoffs.. but in the regular season he was a far thing from a train wreck.

@TheFreak the contract has a NTC… so i doubt any flipping will be occuring. 

@wingfans chill out on the Holland hate… there are even bigger goalies to be had this offseason.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/04/12 at 06:57 PM ET

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Maybe Holland did inquire about Vokoun, I’ve heard many fans cry about why didn’t their GM make the same move. Well maybe he didn’t want to go there, he had a no movement clause in his deal and waived it to join the Pens. Maybe he saw the Pens as a better upside team for winning the cup than say the Redwings, Leafs or Jackets. Don’t knock your GM many things go on behind the scenes than we will ever know. Holland is one of the best in the business, even if Shero is better raspberry

Posted by Oz_Santwyk from Perth Australia on 06/04/12 at 07:39 PM ET

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As far as why Holland wouldn’t have made this move, my guess is that Voukoun looked at his options (McPhee was allowing him to talk to other teams before this trade) thought Pittsburgh had the strongest lineup inked for next year AND the most opportunity at the one position Voukoun plays, so even if Holland had been a player, that doesn’t mean Voukoun thought it was a good fit.

Howard’s more cemented in his place than Fleury is at this point and the Red Wings’ blueline is looking abominable at present. Not that Pittsburgh’s is tremendous in their own zone or anything, but unless the UFA dominoes fall favorably, the current Red Wings blueline compares unfavorably to that of Columbus and the Islanders.

Goalie like Voukoun…better defensemen in front of him (relatively speaking)...more vulnerable #1 to losing his job…I were him I’d sign in Pitt whether Holland called or not. Just suits his specific priorities better.

Posted by larry from pitt on 06/04/12 at 10:16 PM ET

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As far as why Holland wouldn’t have made this move, my guess is that Voukoun looked at his options (McPhee was allowing him to talk to other teams before this trade) thought Pittsburgh had the strongest lineup inked for next year AND the most opportunity at the one position Voukoun plays, so even if Holland had been a player, that doesn’t mean Voukoun thought it was a good fit.

Or Holland didn’t make the move because the Wings don’t need an overrated, underperforming backup to their Vezina-caliber starter.

Posted by Garth on 06/05/12 at 02:21 PM ET

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Garth says: Joe MacDonald > Thomas Voukoun because Howard had a pretty good year and will never need a night off ever.


Okay then…

Posted by larry from pitt on 06/05/12 at 03:36 PM ET

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