I'm not someone who thinks this pushes the Caps over the edge in the playoffs (Neuvirth was good and has about as much playoff experience in the NHL as Vokoun does at this point), but this is just such a crazy hilarious situation that I'm beaming right now.
And 2 older Czechs added to the team so that makes 3 - Vokoun, Hamrlik and Neuvirth.
I think a lot of people, including here, knew that if the right one year contract was available for a goalie, Holtby was going back to Hershey...no surprise here, but glad to see it's Vokoun and on those contract terms. Holtby as has been noted will be better off starting in Hershey and getting call-ups; it's not about his upside but about what he needs now.
Whats going on with Florida and Washington? Apparently GMGM is loving the chance to cherry pick Floridas roster. One things for sure though. Those great performances by Vokoun against the Caps certainly made an impression.
Apparently now NobodyBeatstheWiz gets to use his Czech mate joke.
Maybe that is why they signed Hamrlik yesterday? Anyway, with Vokoun in net that takes away the pressure on Holtby and Neuvy and the defense don't have to worry about young goalie pressure. Vokoun will pick up the slack of defensive lapses too. I like this signing at 1.5 million and 1 year tremendously. Time to pop more popcorn and see who gets traded .
Good for you guys. He likely priced himself out of other places, but this gives one of your other two tenders further time to develop, and the Caps a great shot at the Cup.
Nice moves so far, hard not to love Vokoun.
He'll be absolutely stellar for several games in a row, but will let a few baffling ones through for a few games in a row. Caps have the firepower to make up for those hiccups. Play him less than 60, and there shouldn't be any issues.
__________________ So you're saying there's a chance!