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Penguins re-sign backup goalie Zatkoff

Dec 21, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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When Tomas Vokoun was forced to the sidelines due to a blood clot, the Pittsburgh Penguins turned to Jeff Zatkoff to serve as their new backup goaltender. The 26-year-old had no NHL experience, but he’s held his own with a 2.46 GAA and .912 save percentage in eight games.

Now the Penguins have made Zatkoff part of their plans beyond the 2013-14 campaign by announcing that they have signed him to a two-year/$1.2 million contract. He had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after serving out his current two-year, two-way deal.

Re-signing Zatkoff is the first step the Penguins have taken towards addressing their goaltending situation. Vokoun, 37, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Assuming that this new deal means Pittsburgh plans to enter the 2014-15 with Marc-Andre Fleury and Zatkoff, the next question is what the Penguins’ long-term plans are.

Fleury’s contract only runs through 2014-15 and while he’s been great this season, the bigger question is how he will perform in the playoffs. If he collapses once again in the postseason, then the Penguins might end up looking for a new starter.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Well if fleury collapses, depending on how long vokoun wants to remain in the league , we can keep him for that time and hope Zatkoff and Hartzell can develop to maybe be the new goaltending random for the pens in a couple of years

  2. steelers88 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Have to wonder what this means for Vokoun. Does this mean his Pittsburgh Penguins career is over? I’m guessing so.

  3. hazlydose - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    It looks like Vokoun won’t be returning next year as his contract is up. The team probably didn’t want to run the risk of signing him and having him retire with the 35+ contract on the books.

  4. supercoop8 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Was the development of Zatkoff the reason the Pens organization parted ways with Thiesson???

  5. jacketsfan7 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Yes but also the signing of hartzell so he could get some time in the American League

  6. steelers88 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Happy for Jeff Zatkoff. His actually a pretty decent backup goalie.

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