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Tomas Vokoun not exactly happy about not starting Caps’ season opener

Oct 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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When it was announced that Michal Neuvirth was getting the start on opening night over Tomas Vokoun, it stunned just about everyone. You can include Vokoun in that group of people surprised by it and that can’t exactly bode well for him and he voiced his confusion about it.

Vokoun says not starting the first game is something he’s not comfortable with and he certainly didn’t expect it to happen given that he was brought in to be the Caps’ starting goalie.

Neuvirth’s strong preseason record and strong play in goal helped Bruce Boudreau decide to give him the start tonight, but for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations, you’d think giving the guy you brought in to win you the Cup would at least get the nod at home for the first game of the season.

Not so much, however. For Vokoun, it’s his first big test of mental toughness and while it’s hard enough for a goalie to deal with opponents, having to deal with a situation on your own team makes for a different brand of struggle. Vokoun has a history of rough starts to the season, he’ll need to avoid one this year to keep from giving Neuvirth the chance to start even more games.

  1. bcjim - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Bizarre.

  2. acieu - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Earn the starting job not just expect it. Neuvirth did it Vokoun didn’t.

    • trigzter - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      he earned it by signing as low of a cap hit as he did

  3. mattymatty - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    You have to wonder, what is Boudreau doing? Nothing like sewing dissent in the locker room before the first game’s puck drop.

    • letsgocaps8281952 - Oct 9, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      I’m guessing he thinks what you call dissent will turn into positive competitiveness on Vokoun’s part. Seems dicey to me you should bring in a new #1 guy and screw with him before he gets his feet settled. Let’s not forget or excuse how much this talent has under-performed in the clutch under Boudreau. This move definitely raised my skepticism of him further.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    For all those people who were mocking the Flyers for signing Bryz instead of Vokoun….

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