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Vokoun hopes move to Pittsburgh results in a Stanley Cup

Jun 4, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

Tomas Vokoun AP

It’s not as if Tomas Vokoun doesn’t come with some baggage at this point. He’ll turn 36 on July 2 and his 2011-12 campaign ended due to a significant groin injury. He’s leaving Washington because they’re comfortable going into next season with Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.

So it’s entirely possible that Vokoun wasn’t in line for a big payday as an unrestricted free agent, but if all he wanted to do was maximize his playing time, he could have probably found a better option than signing a two-year/$4 million deal with Pittsburgh.

The goaltending market is thin – more so now that the possibility of Tim Thomas being traded to fill a team’s void in net has been erased – and there are quite a few teams that could use a veteran goaltender. He could have signed with a team where he would have at least gotten a better shot to compete for the starting gig.

However, the Penguins have a selling point that teams like the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets can’t match.

“I would love to win the Stanley Cup. I’ve been playing for a long time and I haven’t had a chance to do that,” Vokoun said. “For me, I think I could be useful in many situations. Whatever they’re going to need me to do, I’m going to try and do the best I can to help the team be successful.”

The chance at winning a Cup is a powerful incentive. It can lead veterans to take less money and accept smaller roles just to be a part of a promising team. In the salary cap era, reputation is a powerful currency.

  1. gregtheking - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    THIS IS THE STANLEY CUP. ALL THE GAMES MESS BE ON NBC CH 4 NOT ON “NBCSP” OR “MSNBC” OR “PRIME” THE TWO GAMES IN NJ WORE ON CH 4 NBC IN ALL OF THE U.S.A.. NOW IN LA THE GAMES ARE ON NBCSP.. COME ON LET EVERONE SEE THE GAMES ON NBC CH 4 NOT ON CHS 267/275/605/178/369………THIS IS THE STANLEY CUP..THE BIG ONE.. LET ALL SEE THIS

    • bru308 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      NBC is channel 12 where I live. Don’t get greedy with all that “ch. 4” talk.

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Me too

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