Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Can You Have A Goalie Controversy Before The Season Starts?

from Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times,

It came as a surprise to a lot of people around the Washington Capitals and the NHL on Friday afternoon when Tomas Vokoun revealed that he would not be starting the season opener Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.

To Vokoun’s agent, it was not only a surprise but it also could be “perceived as a slap in the face.” Allan Walsh told The Washington Times in a telephone interview Friday night that his client was “very disappointed” by the decision.

“He was told he was coming into Washington as the No. 1 goalie,” Walsh told The Times. “They were very public in their comments about that. … There’s a certain symbolism attached to who starts the first game of the season at home. It doesn’t mean he’s not a No. 1 goalie. But this can certainly be perceived as a slap in the face.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink




Posted by godblender on 10/08/11 at 12:13 AM ET


Vokoun was hardly the team player in Florida, and now people may see why teams weren’t bending over backwards to sign him. Just what the Caps needed… more disharmony in the dressing room. I love it.

Posted by tj77 from USA on 10/08/11 at 01:19 AM ET


What is it about people who own, manage, coach, play for, or deal with the capitals that almost always turns them into a five year old?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/08/11 at 01:23 AM ET


I guess you start the guy that gives you the best chance to win.

Posted by GregK8 from USA on 10/08/11 at 01:52 AM ET

WingMan's avatar

I dunno, why sign the guy if you are not going to play him?

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 10/08/11 at 01:52 AM ET


Vokoun is an unlucky victim of a bigger situation here. Boudreau is trying to be a disciplinarian who rewards icetime from results and Neuvirth far outplayed Vokoun this preseason. Looks like MarJO will be benched tonight as well. Trying to send a message to Ovie,Semin and others that icetime will be earned and you can’t do that with some of the players, has to be all of them.

Posted by eric from baltimore on 10/08/11 at 06:53 AM ET


Sounds like Allan Walsh is the one most upset about it.  Not one quote from Vokoun himself in the entire article, but a ton of politicking from Mr. Walsh throughout.

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 10/08/11 at 10:02 AM ET


Boudreau’s kind of in a tight spot. Everyone and their mother (Steckel, Morrison and Bradley) accused him of giving out ice time based on compensation rather than merit and Neuvirth merited the start based on what he did in camp.

On the other hand, if the idea is that anything short of a Stanley Cup is a bust season in Washington, Boudreau needs to stick with Vokoun no matter what he did in camp. I don’t know if Vokoun would be able to get them one at his age and relative lack of recent playoff experience, but I do know Neuvirth simply isn’t good enough. Neuvirth’s ‘make yourself look big and pray nobody threads the needle’ style might work on tired teams in the regular season slog, but that kind of goaltending doesn’t get it done in the playoffs and never really has.

Also, Allen Walsh needs to shut the Hell up. It’s one game. It’s a bit premature to call the newspapers.

Posted by steviesteve on 10/08/11 at 04:03 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Recommended Sportsbook