NHL Rumours: Why Tomas Vokoun Only Got $1.5 Million from the Washington Capitals
Many people (myself included) thought the reason that Tomas Vokoun took a one-year $1.5 million deal with the Washington Capitals was so he could win a championship. In other words, I thought he wanted to take less to be with a winner. The Detroit Red Wings also offered around the same amount to back up Jimmy Howard. The reason he refused to go there is he did not want to be a backup. That was my theory.
I say that it was my theory, because recently it has come to my attention through various outlets that Vokoun was not offered a lot of money. I think that is insane. He is a solid goaltender and will remain so for a long time.
However, there are some strange reasons why he was not signed.
The main reason is that a lot of teams are going with a youth movement. Don't believe me? Look at all the veteran free agents still out there. Bryan McCabe, Michael Nylander, John Madden, etc. In fact, I strongly suspect that Chris Drury retired more because there was no interest in him than his leg (though his leg was badly injured).
I believe that when Vokoun realized that he wasn't getting interest because of his age, he refused to go to a team like Florida. It's a great up-and-coming team, but he wanted to win now. If he had to get very little money then he had every right to sign with a team that has a good shot to win it all. As such, he picked Washington.
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