The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly acquired the rights to UFA goalie Tomas Vokoun in exchange for a 2012 seventh-round draft pick and have signed the 35-year-old to a two-year, $4 million deal, as reported by SiriusXM's NHL Home Ice:
— NHL Home Ice (@NHLHomeIce) June 4, 2012
Pittsburgh's plan for Vokoun will be to spell Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2012-13 season. The 27-year-old goalie started 67 games last season and would benefit from more rest heading into the playoffs, especially considering his awful performance in the 2012 postseason (4.63 goals against, .837 save percentage in six games).
Brent Johnson, Pittsburgh's backup goalie from last season, was not a reliable option, posting a 3.11 goals-against average and .883 save percentage in 16 appearances. He is currently a free agent.
Evidently, the Penguins felt as though they needed an upgrade, and they got one in Vokoun.
Vokoun backed up for the Washington Capitals and had a serviceable 2011-12 season, tallying a 2.51 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and four shutouts to the tune of a 25-17-2 record.
His experience will be a welcomed addition to the Penguins roster. A tandem of Fleury and Vokoun in between the pipes will be a formidable pair in a tough Atlantic Division.
Vokoun gets a two year deal for $2-million a season with the Penguins. Good value given his track record.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 4, 2012