Goaltender Tomas Vokoun is determined to resume his NHL career during the 2014-15 season, his agent said Tuesday.
"I spoke with Tomas Vokoun earlier today and he is 100 [percent] committed to playing in the NHL next season," Allan Walsh posted on his Twitter account.
Vokoun will turn 38 on July 2, a day after he can become an unrestricted free agent. He was expected to be the backup goalie to Marc-Andre Fleury with the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, but a blood clot in his pelvic region discovered during training camp prevented him from playing in an NHL game. He has been medically cleared to return to action and got into two games in the American Hockey League during a rehabilitation stint.
Vokoun was the Penguins starter for much of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs after taking over for an ineffective Fleury during a first-round series against the New York Islanders. Vokoun led Pittsburgh into the Eastern Conference Final, where the Boston Bruins swept the Penguins.
Vokoun, a ninth-round pick (No. 226) of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1994 NHL Draft, won a career-high 36 games for the Nashville Predators in 2005-06 and had a career-best seven shutouts for the Florida Panthers four seasons later.
In 700 regular-season games for the Canadiens, Predators, Panthers, Washington Capitals and Penguins, Vokoun has 300 wins, a 2.55 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 51 shutouts.