September 20, 2019

Washington Capitals trade rights to G Tomas Vokoun for 7th round pick in 2012 NHL Draft

The Washington Capitals announced this morning they traded the negotiating rights to goalie Tomas Vokoun to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a seventh round pick in the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft. The Penguins then almost immediately announce they signed the 37-year old goalie to a two-year contract. Reports have that contract worth $2 million per year.

Vokoun battled through an injury-plagued season for the Caps, playing in 48 games with a 25-17-2 record, 2.51 GAA and .917 SV%. His season ended following the March 29 game against Boston, where he played 18:25, trying to return from a groin injury. He left just before the end of the first period and did not play again for the Capitals.

Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract last summer during the free agency period, Vokoun was supposed to be the veteran netminder the Caps needed to put them over the top. It didn’t happen that way. For his part, Vokoun saw the Caps as a springboard to his last big contract, and while a two-year deal gives him some stability, it will be interesting to see the playing split he gets with Marc-Andre Fleury already entrenched as the No. 1 goalie in Pittsburgh, despite a very rough playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers where Fleury posted some ridiculously ugly numbers (2-4-1, 4.63, .834).

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Capitals coverage on Twitter @CapitalsDSP.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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