Close your eyes and think about what you would do if a NHL team offered you a contract, or a try out. Now open your eyes and ask what is Tomas Vokoun thinking? The 38-year-old has a clean bill of health after missing most of last season with blood clots. It has been reported that Vokoun has turned down two contracts and possibility two more training camp invitations.
Even before being limited to just two AHL games last season, the veteran goaltender was willing to serve as a backup in Pittsburgh, but playing for the Penguins presented him with a serious opportunity to raise the Stanley Cup [PHT]
There has been no official announcement from Vokoun’s representation about a possible retirement, but at 38-years-old that can’t be too far off. In a Pro Hockey Talk article it was reported that Vokoun is “waiting for the right situation.” The right situation for a player that was forced to miss most of last season should be getting back to work. But that’s just how I feel. There are players what would love nothing more than to set foot on the ice for a NHL team. Granted, other than a Stanley Cup Thomas Vokoun doesn’t have much to prove.
I’m not saying he is an all-world talent, but he has won 300 games. The down side to his career is in 22 Playoff appearances Vokoun has only won nine games, but his stats are strong. If I had to guess Vokoun is going to wait and see how the NHL season unfolds. His agent says Vokoun has been getting ready to play this year, but there is no indication of where.
Chances are we will hear Vokoun’s name pop up as injuries happen and teams search for someone who can fill the crease for 20-30 games.