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Vokoun says he’s ready to play next season

Jun 25, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

Tomas Vokoun AP

Tomas Vokoun missed all of last season with a blood-clot problem but he said he’s ready to play next season.

The 38-year-old goaltender told Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press that despite missing the entirety of the 2013-14 season, he’s ready to get back between the pipes for any team in need.

“I don’t feel like I’ve missed a season, if that makes any sense,” Vokoun said in a phone interview last week from his home in South Florida. “I know what to do, I’ve played the game for 30 years. I played over 700 games in the NHL, I know mentally what I need to do.”

Vokoun was with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and a team in need of a veteran backup goalie could come calling. One possible destination could be an old haunt in Washington where Braden Holtby could use a little assistance.

There aren’t many goalie jobs to be had out there so the competition could be fierce to find a place to land. One thing’s for sure, if Vokoun does come back and performs well, put him near the front of the discussion for next year’s Masterton Trophy.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I’m so glad to read that Vokoun is healthy again. I hope he’s able to land a job somewhere. This guy is a class act! Good luck to him!!

  2. kastout11 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    If the Flyers do not resign Emery, even though he is 38, I can see Hextall signing Vokoun to a 1 year contract. He has been a capable backup, and if your #1 goes down for a few games, he can step in and win you a few games. At this stage in his career, he is no longer a #1 though.

    • DED - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      That would be a good move by the Flyers, but do they have the cap space to do it? They’ve got 1.8 million now, and if I understand how LTIR players fit in, another $4.9 million from Pronger.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Plus you can go a certain amount over that cap during the offseason. But I really don’t see Vokoun getting more than that 1.8 available. The goalie market is flooded with more guys than there are jobs. That should help to keep players from asking for too much.

  3. darksidecowboy - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I can see Dallas picking him up, Stars won’t bring TIm Thomas back and Jack Campbell still needs another seasoning year in the AHL with the Texas Stars (Calder Cup Champs).

  4. goodolejr - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Glad to hear this! This guy has been a VERY good goalie over the course of his career yet never seemed to get the recognition he should have, imo. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in Orange & black next year.

  5. kfraser91 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Vokoun reminds me a lot of Chris Osgood late in his longer a #1 on paper but can come in and put on a #1 performance when called on and especially in the playoffs. Look at what he did in pittsburgh in the playoffs against NYI and later rounds – looked a lot like Osgood taking over late in the playoffs for Detroit

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Thinking the Sharks should ditch Niemi and try to grab Vokoun. Sign him to a 1 year deal and let him play backup to Stalock.

    • hockeysox161 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      That’s a terrible idea. Niemi was fantastic all year long and would have won out the season with the best record if the Sharks hadn’t sat him towards the playoffs. Vokoun is a decent goaltender, but he hasn’t played in a year and he could be risky. He’s most ideal as a backup at this point. Islanders? Florida? Washington (again)?

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Come on down to Philly Tomas. The Flyers should’ve signed this guy to begin with instead of Bryzgalov and now Hextall should rectify this by signing him to replace Emery. Even at 38 he’s probably got better lateral mobility than Emery, and with our D we need a steady vet to spell Mason occasionally. If he’s willing to take what Emery got last year (missing last season should lower his price) the Flyers can do it.

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