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Flyers, Maple Leafs reportedly went after Vokoun

Jun 4, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

Tomas Vokoun, Karl Alzner, Dennis Wideman AP

Tomas Vokoun never officially became an unrestricted free agent this summer, but there was plenty of interest for him once it became clear that the Washington Capitals had no intention of re-signing him.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were reportedly one of the teams that went after Vokoun. The Leafs are expected to prioritize getting a goaltender this summer after James Reimer‘s disappointing sophomore season. However, Toronto was apparently not warm to the idea of inking Vokoun to a two-year deal.

It’s a little more surprising that that the Philadelphia Flyers were in the market for Vokoun. Philadelphia made a nine-year/$51 million commitment to Ilya Bryzgalov in the summer of 2011, so he’s not going anywhere, but they might be less than satisfied with their backup, Sergei Bobrovsky.

Of course, it’s a moot point now because Philadelphia reportedly couldn’t make it work under the current salary cap and Vokoun ended up going to Pittsburgh. Still, it could be a sign that Philadelphia is in the market for goaltending help. Again.

  1. murtdurt - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Hahahaha Philly. The only thing I enjoy more watching sutter win a ring is watching carter, richards and gagne get a ring and flip their birds to holmgren, snider, Clark and the philly fan base. Suck it Philly #1975

    • miketoasty - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Hey at least they still have the best beer pong player in the world….

  2. hockeyfan28 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    This also leads one to believe the supposed grandfather clause in the new CBA will be used on Bryzgalov and not Pronger.

    • miketoasty - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      I don’t think that will be the case. I think Vokoun would be there to help mentor Bryz and hopefully settle him down, not replace him.

      • bensawesomeness - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        Vokun signed with Pittsburgh…

      • miketoasty - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        @bensawesomeness Yea, I know, I’m saying if he would have gone to Philly, in response to the poster above me, context clues man!

  3. jason9696 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    He would have been a huge improvement in the goaltending department for the Leafs.

    As for Philly, I’m thinking they wish they didn’t give Bryzgalov that contract at this point of time. LOL

  4. bleed4philly - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Hopefully that new CBA in the pipeline will enable the Flyers to get out of that silly Illy contract.

  5. jimw81 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I call BS on this story. Ryan, can you refer me to the article where it points out the flyers in the running for Vokoun? Because, The flyers were going to address this issue in offseason but Vokoun wasn’t their target.I think Elliot Friedman article about the type of goalie the flyers are after.

  6. mclovinhockey - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    As a flyers fan I am cheering for LA to win…. So are the flyers players… So enjoy your odd little vendetta against Philly by watching the kings win the cup

    The flyers wanted voko because he was cheaper than bob this year… They could get a decent bit for bob and if it was for cheaper they would love it since he won’t be back after this upcoming season. Smart idea but voko signed for 2 a year so that was more than they would have wanted to give. Watch for bob to head to the leafs of BJS for a pick. Philly then to try to find a cheaper good back up… Reimer would be nice if he signs for less and Philly gets a high pick in the deal

    • jimw81 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Vokoun isn’t the answer. He’s injury prone plus he stunk it up in washington. makes no sense. I rather take Biron that can give you more games plus he knows how to deal with the media and fans. This “odd little vendetta ” you think i have is misguided. i have been a flyers fan for 20+ years. I never saw a circus like i did when cartsey and richards were in orange and black. It was getting out of control and these players didnt care what was going on. If you read some my posts i said i was only rooting for Hextall and gagne.

    • hockeylib - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Reimer isn’t a free agent D’oh

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