Sep 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) makes a save over Chicago Blackhawks right wing Jimmy Hayes (22) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tomas Vokoun released from hospital today

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who displaced incumbent Marc-Andre Fleury in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, was released from the hospital today after receiving treatment for blood clots in his hip.

Vokoun noticed a growth on his thigh last week and went to the hospital, where it was treated through surgery three days ago.

Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero was suspicious of the growth at a pratice several days ago:

“I thought Tomas actually tweaked something in a hip or a groin or something,” said Shero, who was watching the practice.

“He left the ice. He had some leg pain. We evaluated it quickly. His leg was swelled up a bit, and that was kind of a red flag.”

With Vokoun out indefinitely, the Peguins look to start Fleury, who has been seeing a sports psychologist, and use Jeff Zatkoff as a backup.

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