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Penguins acquire rights to Tomas Vokoun from Capitals, signs two-year $4 million deal

Jun 4, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting a jump on the free agency crush in a big way.

The Pens acquired the rights to Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals for a seventh round pick in the 2012 draft. Vokoun is set to become a free agent on July 1, but with the Penguins acquiring him they’ll have until then to work out a potential contract with him.

(UPDATE: Vokoun signs two-year, $4 million deal. That’s a $2 million cap hit)

Vokoun’s season in Washington came to an abrupt end thanks to a bad groin injury leaving the Caps to use Braden Holtby in the playoffs, a job he seized and made his own. If you’re thinking this is a move to make incumbent start Marc-Andre Fleury nervous, however, hold on a second.

Fleury was worked hard this season as backup Brent Johnson struggled. Fleury played in 67 games and looked obviously poor in the playoffs against Philadelphia after having a strong regular season.

This move harms the plans of other teams who had designs on signing Vokoun in July. Toronto had been rumored to have interest and Detroit sniffed around last summer. With Vokoun sticking with Pittsburgh, the hunt for goaltending (Roberto Luongo?) gets a bit hotter.

  1. dougr42 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Fleury should be relieved. He was burnt out by the time the playoffs started.

  2. goalieguy37 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    agreed. fleury could have used more backup as the season wore on to rest up for the playoffs. this should be a sick goalie tandem next year.

  3. jeffersonkostilnick - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I’m so excited about this trade/signing, I literally just crapped my pants kind of like BJ did anytime he was in goal.

  4. GenoPringles - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    And the franchise gets even stronger. The Pens now have 2 goalies better than Filthys over paid russian dog wanker

    • mainevent7567 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      I logged in to upvote you, not for your entire comment, but for “russian dog wanker”

    • flyers22 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      yeah too bad well still kick your ass in the playoffs with that overpaid russian

      • mmmpierogi - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        “yeah too bad well still kick your ass in the playoffs with that overpaid russian”

        Will that ass kicking also involve collapsing in the following series with four losses in a row to get kicked right back out of the playoffs? Sounds awesome.

    • wicky888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Yeah, next year they will lose to Philly in 7 games instead of 6.

  5. govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Very shrewd move by Shero- a seventh-rounder to get the ability to sign a very good backup- a starter for many teams- for a bargain price. That should help Fleury a ton- he can rest without the Pens worrying about things too much (assuming that groin healed up finally).

  6. atb4 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    $2 million per seems like a lot for a backup goalie. Or is that the going rate for a “good” backup like Vokoun seems to be on paper?

    I like the signing overall, just seems like a tad bit of an overpayment.

    • taytay099 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Especially since there’s talk of trading one of their top 3 centers due to cap issues.

  7. habsman - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Did Brian Burke just get “scooped” again?

  8. blueblood86 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Washington won the trade.
    Holpy is going to be a stud.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Hard to win a trade where you get a 7th-round pick in order to save $4M.

    • miketoasty - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Vokoun was going to walk anyways then Pens gave the minimum needed to sign this guy before free agency. Washington doesn’t really gain anything from this trade other than losing a great mentor and gaining a 7th round pick.

  9. barkar942 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    This signing is no different that the Rangers signing Biron to back up Hank. Smart move by the Penguins.

  10. mclovinhockey - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Good move by the pens… Building a strong team starts in net and now they have a great back up… They still need to make some moves if they want to be able to stop the flyers who really had their number all year.

  11. steeltuff - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Great move by Shero . . . it gives the Pens a top-notch backup goaltender and lights a fire under Flower to stay focused, yet relieving him of the burden of having to be the savior every night.

  12. broadstbully33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    niether of pity goalies can stop the best player in the world Giroux

    • jeffersonkostilnick - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Apparently Brodeur could

    • crosberries - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      You must be one of his many fans from somewhere else in the world since English isn’t your first language I hope

    • cgspens - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      And how many Stanley Cups does he have? Let me answer 0.

  13. spiciercheez - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Nice, now the Pens have two terrible keepers

    • cgspens - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Hey cheezballs who do you have as goalies don’t think to hard you might forget.

  14. jeffersonkostilnick - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Wonder if he can knock out the Islanders goalie with one punch??????

    • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      What, DiPietro? My four-year-old niece could probably take him two out of three.

      • cgspens - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        DiPietro should file for disability already with as long as he’s been out.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      The best part of that was that it wasn’t a punch–it was a classic forearm shiver.

  15. capsfan19 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Dont get too excited pens fans… All our excitement with signing him ended in alot of disappointment

  16. lsxphotog - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    This should be a good move for Pitt. Fleury badly needs someone to share the role with. Let the goaltender’s performance determine who wins the starting role.

  17. nicknyhc - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I hate the Pens, but that’s a great move. Getting a solid backup goalie who has the potential to be a starter in exchange for a 7th round pick….that’s a steal.

    • wethog66 - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      And the Caps got a 7th rounder for a goalie, with an ample 5 hole, that they were going to lose to FA anyway.

      • miketoasty - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        @wethog66 Haters gunna hate.

  18. hockeyfan763 - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Great move, this will surely get them into the second round next year.

  19. cmutimmah - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I’m confused though… why would Vokoun sign when he had a chance to be a starter if traded elsewhere? Seems like a ring chase, but why not chase one playing for a team that needs a goalie like Philly, NJ (should Brodeur retire), or Tampa Bay? Maybe he’s just chasing a cup instead of really playing for one?

    Just a thought…

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