Tomas Vokoun Progressing, Will Skate in Pittsburgh Tomorrow

Published on January 21st, 2014
Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

A day after the Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed Paul Martin, James Neal and Jayson Megna back to the lineup, the team had more good news to share on the injury front. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who has missed the entire season due to a surgery he underwent for a blood clot in his pelvis, will skate tomorrow at 8:30 AM at CONSOL Energy Center. Dan Bylsma shared the good news with the media today and added that Vokoun has been off blood thinners for a week. He will not be able to face shots until his blood levels have returned to normal. Although Vokoun still is not close to playing, it is a small step in the right direction for him. On October 2, 2013, Ray Shero noted that there would probably be a 3-6 months timetable for Vokoun. It will be interesting to see if Vokoun will be able to return to game action this season. He could, but this injury also could end his career, unfortunately. Vokoun, 37, has a $2 million cap hit this season and will be a free agent after the year. With the Penguins desire to address certain needs at the trade deadline and  no salary cap in the playoffs, could bringing Vokoun back in the postseason be an option? It could be. Jeff Zatkoff signed a two-year extension recently, but is on a two-way deal for this season. The Penguins do not have a ton of cap space as it is and if Vokoun returned in the regular season, Shero would have to dump some salary space if he intends to add players at the deadline. 

 

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