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Caps ink Vokoun

Saturday, 07.02.2011 / 6:17 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

NHL.com

Tomas Vokoun has a new home.

Widely regarded as the premier goaltender available on the market after Ilya Bryzgalov signed with Philadelphia last week, Vokoun signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Numerous reports indicate Vokoun will be paid $1.5 million.

"We are excited to add an elite veteran goaltender to the Capitals," GM George McPhee said. "We now have a nice blend of talent, depth, experience and youth in the goaltending position."

The 35-year-old is coming off another solid season with the Florida Panthers, going 22-28-5 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. His save percentage has been .919 or higher in each of the last six seasons. Vokoun has the second-best save percentage (.923) among the 15 NHL goaltenders who have made at least 5,000 saves in the past four years.

In Washington, Vokoun will likely team with fellow Czech Michal Neuvirth, who saw most of the playing time in 2010-11. Rookie Braden Holtby will also be battling for playing time. Washington traded its other young goaltender, Semyon Varlamov, to Colorado on Friday for first- and second-round draft picks.

"I'm very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization," Vokoun said. "It is a terrific team with a lot of talent and I look forward to doing everything I can for us to reach our ultimate goal in winning the Stanley Cup."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round