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Vokoun Recovering; Future Still Unclear

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

SUNRISE, Florida – It’s been a little over two months since Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun underwent emergency surgery to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis.

The recovery period for Vokoun is 3-6 months. There won’t be any updates on his status for this season, or the rest of his career, until he hits that three-month mark, which would be on Dec. 21.

“In a month I’ll see the doctor and see more of what he thinks I should do,” Vokoun said in the BB&T Center Press Box Saturday night. “Then it’s up to me to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. In six months it would be tough to come back before the season is over. We’ll see.”

Vokoun left practice Sept. 21 after he noticed swelling in his thigh. He was taken to the emergency room where a blood clot was diagnosed. Vokoun underwent a procedure to fix the problem. Since that time he’s been resting and recovering in his home in Florida.

“I feel great,” Vokoun said. “I’m still taking the medication, but I feel good. Hopefully everything is going well as far as I can tell.

“Once every two weeks I get my blood drawn and they check the level. That’s basically all I’m doing.”

Vokoun will consider all his options and in a perfect world he wants to suit up again for the Penguins this season. However, he’s taking it one day at a time.

“It’s hard to look that far ahead. Definitely if I can (return) I want to try,” he said. “I don’t have a definite yes or no. It will depend on the recommendations of doctors. So far I haven’t had any problems or setbacks.

“This isn’t like a broken hand that when it heels it’s fine. This is more serious. The doctors are confident they found the problem and fixed it. Hopefully that’s the case. … Whatever happens I’m preparing for the worst and best case scenario.”

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