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06-04-2012, 07:39 PM
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From 30 thoughts:
8. George McPhee did Tomas Vokoun a real favour, since last year's free-agency period was not kind to the goalie. Two guys who know him very well jumped at the opportunity. Ray Shero was assistant GM in Nashville when Vokoun was there, while Randy Sexton, who is the Penguins' assistant director of amateur scouting, was Vokoun's GM in Florida. Marc-Andre Fleury averaged 65 games during the past four seasons, and Pittsburgh wants to get that down by about 10. Brent Johnson's attitude made him a great backup for almost three years. Unfortunately, his play slipped last season. You could see Dan Bylsma was uncertain about using him in the playoffs.
Sounds like the contract was basically done before the trade was even made, so it's really pretty much the same as if the Penguins signed him on July 1st, except the Capitals got a 7th round pick out of it.

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