The Pittsburgh Penguins may be in trouble. Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is unavailable due to injury, and could miss up to six months. That will put a lot of pressure on the Penguins, and they may not have a Goaltender that can handle it.
The Penguins scored 165 goals during the lock-out shortened 2012-2013 season finishing first in that category. But they were 12th in goals allowed during the regular season. You can’t win the cup, if you can’t stop the puck.
Having to solely rely on a Marc-Andre Fleury is going to be a big problem. His confidence is shaken after being pulled during the playoffs last year, and we saw more bad play during this year’s preseason. Back in September of this year Vokoun left practice after noticing swelling in his leg. He was taken to the ER and the doctors found a blood clot.
“Right now I’m not thinking about my career or playing hockey, I’m more worried about long-term health,” Vokoun, 37, said. “I’ve gotten great care from the doctors and the team. Top professionals are giving me advice. NHL.com
The Penguins front office has said they want to go with the goaltending tandem they have now. If Fleury gets off to a bad start look for the Penguins to make a move.
Could this be the end of Tomas Vokoun’s career? Most likely not, but there is always that chance. There comes a point in a player’s life that hockey is just a game and not a job, and Vokoun’s health should come first.
“I know where I stand. I’m going with the short-term. Three months is a minimum. After that I’ll evaluate where I am. The doctors will monitor my health and progress. Then I’ll make my decision.” NHL.com