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Tomas Vokoun owns his part in Bruce Boudreau’s firing

Dec 5, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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A lot of people are taking the blame for Bruce Boudreau getting fired in Washington and now you can add Tomas Vokoun to that list.

Vokoun tells’s Chuck Gormley that he owns his poor performance for the Capitals and says that if he’d done better that perhaps Boudreau would still be there. That’s quite the guilt problem going around in D.C. but Vokoun’s honesty has to be appreciated.

“I’ll be the first one to say that I didn’t play up to my capabilities, for various reasons, and I’ve got to be better, too,” Vokoun said.

Poor goaltending from both Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth was just one of many problems the Capitals were dealing with. Of course, if Vokoun played up to his lights out ability, the Capitals might have won a few more of those games.

While Vokoun came to Washington on just a one-year deal for less than his market value, he hasn’t played up to his ability. That’s going to have to change if the Caps are going to be serious Cup contenders for Dale Hunter.

  1. t16rich - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    All he needed was a few guys who were willing to back check. Management is as much to blame as Bruce, Ovie or Vokoun.

  2. pastabelly - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    The makeup of that team is just awful and I agree that management is to blame. Any team that gives major minutes on defense to guys like Dennis Wideman and Roman Hamrlik is going to have problems. Their goals against is up about a goal a game. The front office needs to focus on bringing in some big and solid defensemen.

    • govtminion - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      No argument. A guy like Joe Corvo would be ideal for the Caps. Too bad they never had a chance to get a guy like tha- wait, didn’t he play for them a few years ago and got dumped in the offseason?

      The things you learn, I guess.

      That said, I admit that beyond elite-level goalie, there might not be a tougher position to find quality in than stay-at-home defensemen. The market isn’t exactly overflowing with Adam Foote clones right now, so I’m not sure if they really can do anything about this for now anyway.

      • yettyskills - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        LOL Really?
        Joe Corvo is a power play specialist and that is it, he is a liability on Defense.

        What Joe Corvo have you been watching?

  3. pastabelly - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    You’re better off without Corvo. I have seen enough of him with the Bruins to know that he is a very short-term placeholder. They brought him in with the idea that he could help out on the power play. But that trial seems to be over and he has settled in as the fifth defenseman. I wonder if they wouldn’t even deal him away to get rid of his salary and just bring up Kampfer. The Capitals would be better off going with bigger defensemen.

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