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05-13-2011, 12:06 PM
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There's little reason to believe that Vokoun's performance is going to decline significantly over the next two to three years. If he were to begin a noticeable decline, you would expect to have seen some precursory evidence during this past season. On the contrary, he had one of the best seasons of his career and was once again one of the top goalies in the NHL.

This is 2011, and we aren't talking about an NFL player. With advancements in training, nutrition and sports medicine, your 35th birthday doesn't have to be the death knell for your career anymore. For some anecdotal evidence, just take a look at the Eastern Conference Finals. Two of the better goaltenders in the NHL, Thomas and Roloson, are going strong at age 37 and 41 respectively.

The Flyers don't need Vokoun to be a franchise goalie for the next ten years, they simply need him to be good for the next few years while their window is open. After that, Bobrovsky is the goalie of the future.

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