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.