The Pittsburgh Penguins took a rather large blow today when they found out that they will be without their starting goaltender going into the start of the regular season.
According to the Penguins website, Vokoun has been placed on long-term injured reserve, then after a 3 month period, he will be reevaluated to determine when/if he can return to the ice.
As one would hope, Vokoun’s focus is not currently on his career, but his long-term health.
“Right now I’m not thinking about my career or playing hockey, I’m more worried about long-term health,” Vokoun said. “I’ve gotten great care from the doctors and the team. Top professionals are giving me advice. I know where I stand. I’m going with the short term. Three months is a minimum. After that I’ll evaluate where I am. The doctors will monitor my health and progress. Then I’ll make my decision then.” ~ Pittsburgh Penguins
In the meantime, goaltending duties are going to fall on Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff. As you can imagine, a bulk of the duties in net are going to fall to Fleury, as Zatkoff has virtually no NHL experience.
At this point and time, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said that there are no plans to bring in another goalie.
We certainly wish Tomas Vokoun the best, and hope that he has a speedy recovery.