Feb 22, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun (29) during warmup prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed goalie Tomas Vokoun to a two-year deal on Monday, immediately after dealing a seventh-round pick to the Washington Capitals to acquire him.
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun to a two-year contract on Monday, according to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The deal came shortly after news that the Washington Capitals traded the rights to Vokoun in exchange for the Penguins' seventh-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Vokoun waived a no-trade clause to join the Penguins. By signing a deal with the team he also will forego unrestricted free agency this year. He would have been a free agent on July 1. The trade gave Pittsburgh exclusive negotiating rights prior to the start of free agency.
Vokoun signed a one-year deal with Washington last season. He had a 25-17-2 record with the Capitals before suffering a May 29 groin injury. Braden Holtby took over in net for Washington's playoff run.
The Penguins now have a veteran backup for Marc-Andre Fleury, who played in 67 games last season, tying a career high.