The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a seventh round pick in this year’s entry draft. Vokoun, 35, is eligible for UFA status on July 1, but according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, he’s agreed to a two-year deal with the Penguins worth $2 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The depth in decent goalies in this summer’s free agent pool just got shallower. A surprise move by the Penguins, but one which addresses a need for a reliable veteran back for Marc-Andre Fleury, who struggled in this year’s playoffs. Some might interpret this as Penguins management losing faith in Fleury, but it’s apparent they want to ensure an experienced backup is on hand should the need arise to spell off Fleury, as well as avoid overworking him.