PENS PICK UP VOKOUN - Monday, June 4, 2012
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the rights to goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals for a seventh-round draft pick in 2012.
What does it give the Pittsburgh Penguins?
One of Pittsburgh's biggest issues in their recent first-round playoff ouster was goaltending. While Marc-Andre Fleury is one of the NHL's better netminders, he was simply awful in the postseason (posting an .834 save percentage and 4.63 GAA). Vokoun is an insurance policy here, but is also a proven vet who can spell Fleury if needed. He was set for UFA status but has signed a two-year extension with Pittsburgh. This deal also makes veteran backup Johnson expendable.
What does it give the Washington Capitals?
The Caps have an emerging potential star in young Braden Holtby, and along with Neuvirth they have two of the NHL's better young netminders in the fold. They risked losing Vokoun to free agency this summer, so getting at least something (even though it's a 7th-rounder) is better than nothing. All that said, this somewhat puts Washington back where they were before adding Vokoun: with two promising but unproven young goalies.
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