Why Tomas Vokoun is likely to become an Avs goalie

If I were walking into a Vegas sports book right now and they had a list of NHL free agents and their likelihood to sign with certain teams, I would probably empty out whatever meager amount was in my wallet and put most or all of it on “Tomas Vokoun to the Avalanche.”

For now, two days before the start of NHL free agency, just call it a hunch. Teams are prohibited from discussing potential unrestricted free agents from other teams, and vice-versa. But does that mean reporters can’t talk to both sides before the start of free agency? No, it doesn’t. And that is a very good thing.

So let’s just say, based on some talking to both sides of the fence lately, I believe there is a very good chance Vokoun will become the next starting goalie of the Avalanche. Does that mean for sure he will? Nope. Something could change, for sure. Maybe the sides will ultimately have a difference on his value, as a goalie who turns 35 on Saturday, who has rarely played for winning teams in his lengthy career now. Maybe another team will jump in with a much better offer than the Avs. Maybe the Avs will change their minds at the last minute, maybe they’ll make a trade for a younger goalie, maybe a lot of things could happen.

But here’s a thumbnail sketch for the reasons why I think Vokoun will be wearing an Avs sweater this season:

He’s not going to re-sign with Florida. Talks between he and the Panthers went nowhere, and Vokoun wants a change in scenery. That’s significant, because there is only one team – according to the brilliant website capgeek.com – that currently has more room under the league’s new $64.3 milliion salary cap ceiling than the Avalanche -and it’s Florida. The Avs currently have a cap-averaged payroll of $29,495,833, with 14 players signed for the coming season and six other restricted free agents qualified to retain their rights. That makes 20 players theoretically under contract, and the Avs need to get to the cap floor of $48.3 millilon (keep in mind, this is the cap AVERAGE number, not the actual amount of cash they need to spend on players for the coming season necessarily. Here’s a good article in the National Post that explains some of the tricks some tight-fisted teams can do to get to the cap floor without actually spending the money).


12 Responses to Why Tomas Vokoun is likely to become an Avs goalie

  1. mojo19 says:

    Vokoun is a great goalie. Surprised the Panthers couldnt get a deal done. They're toast without a goalie. Bring in all the Campbells and Kopecky's you want

    Also I want the Leafs to go after Nashville's Joel Ward.
    Even the man in the moon is signing the blues, hope you still love me baby, I'm missin' me some you #CountryMusic #TobyKeithRocks

  2. reinjosh says:

    Joel Ward would be nice. I wouldn't mind taking a run at Fleischmann if Richards and the trade market don't pan out. He played real well with Duchenne this year and could line up nicely beside Lupul and Kessel. 

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    Very underrated goalie. I've literally heard no talk about him.

    I'd have to think Vokoun just wouldn't sign back in Florida. If they're going to pay Campbell over $7 million, they probably would have done the same with Vokoun.

  4. Boston_Bruins says:

    Unless they want to fully hand the reigns to Markstrom.

  5. hockeylegend488 says:

    mabye burke signs him and lets jiggy walk . Reimer is good young goalie but dongt rush him too much, and the monster well i never saw the hype 

  6. blaze says:

    Erhoff signs for a 4m cap hit in Buffalo. Bad news for the Leafs, Buffalo is looking really solid next year. Still lots of room to spend big tomorrow.

  7. TheLeafNation91 says:

    LMAO…I laughed at the twitter comment.

    Also, country music is the best…But I got to disagree #BradPaisley #RascalFlatts #CarrieUnderwood
  8. Kramer says:

    I can't sleep, trades can happen any minute. Who's still up and wants to talk about trades or hockey conspiracies?

  9. mojo19 says:

    Ya they're all good. Trace Adkins is cool too and Kenny Chesney. New Kid Rock album is country and features #ZackBrown its pretty sick

    Speaking of ZackBrown #YouKnowILikeMyChickenFried

  10. mojo19 says:

    Oh wow did he? And what a slap in the Face to NYI who supposedly offered Ehrhoff $5.5 mil per year for 6 years.

  11. JoelLeafs says:

    You would lose the meager amount you had in your wallet.

    Varlamov for a 1st and 2nd.

  12. TmLeafan says:

    Questionable move to give up their first rounder next year.  I don't see a big improvement from this team so they are likely giving up another a lottery pick next year.  A lot to give up for a guy who hasn't really proven himself yet. 

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