Tomas Vokoun said all along he didn’t intend on returning to the Washington Capitals after the 2011-12 season, and on Monday that much was made certain.
The Capitals traded Vokoun, an impending unrestricted free agent, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft. Less than a half hour after the trade, Pittsburgh announced it had signed Vokoun to a two-year contract worth $4 million. Vokoun, 35, is expected to back up Penguins starter Marc-Andre Fleury.
“I wasn’t planning on being back [in Washington] anyways,” Vokoun said on May 14. “For me, it was never intention to be here more than a year.”