It is no doubt that one of the needs President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke will be addressing this summer is a goaltender to pair up with James Reimer. Well apparently the Pittsburgh Penguins needed goal-tending help as well, even with Marc-Andre Fleury as their number one goalie. On Monday, news broke that Tomas Vokoun was traded from the Washington Capitals to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 7th round pick. Then the Penguins sign Vokoun to a two-year deal a $2 million a season, official taking this 35 year old veteran off the market.
Vokoun waived his no-movement clause for this trade to be made possible; if not Vokoun would have become an unrestricted free agent come Jul 1st, 2012.
This season Tomas Vokoun finished with a record of 25-17-2, with a 2.51 goal against average and a .917 save percentage, not too bad for only being paid $1.5 million.
As for the Maple Leafs point of view, I would believe it is disappointing that this team lost out on a fairly reliable goalie for such a low cost (7th round draft pick) to acquire Tomas Vokoun. There is still speculation that Roberto Luongo is still on the move out of Vancouver, with rumours of the Maple Leafs being on Luongo’s short list of team’s he is willing to go to.
Also keep in mind that Luongo’s home is in Quebec, so if Luongo has any desires of being near to home, the Maple Leafs are the closest destination and a team who is in need of help in net.
All the best to Tomas Vokoun it Pittsburgh, but I sure would of loved to see you in blue and white for the 2012/13 season.
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