NHL Free Agency: Can the Washington Capitals Afford to Let Tomas Vokoun Walk?

April 24th, 2012 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
Last summer, the Washington Capitals were widely considered to be one of the biggest winners on the free agency market, as the team came away with three coveted pieces to add to their lineup.  

Easily the most heralded of the four unrestricted free agents the Caps picked up was former All-Star goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who was coming off another stellar season for the Florida Panthers.  

In a perfect world, Vokoun was supposed to bring a level of stability in between the pipes that the Caps had lacked in previous years, and maybe even lead them to the franchise's first Stanley Cup.  

In fact, Vokoun seemed so confident in his ability to put up impressive numbers with a legitimate Cup contender that he signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal, meaning he'd be playing in order to earn his contract once again.  

Unfortunately, the plan failed for all parties involved, as the Caps stumbled to their worst record in five seasons, and Vokoun posted a mediocre 25-17-2 record while battling a nagging groin injury that has kept him sidelined since late March.  

Though it's clear that Vokoun's season is over, Washingto ...

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