Wings interested in Vokoun?

The Wings had the option of using MacDonald in that role last season, and still pursued other goaltenders. They went after Tomas Vokoun when free agency began July 1, but couldn’t compete with Washington’s offer of $1.5 million and a shot at the starting spot. Ultimately, the Wings signed Ty Conklin, whom they had in ’08-09. There’s little chance Conklin will return after he went 5-6-1 with a 3.28 GAA and .884 save percentage.

The Wings will seek a veteran again this summer, someone to push MacDonald in his bid to back up Jimmy Howard. Vokoun, 35, is available again, as the Caps went with Braden Holtby in the playoffs and also have Michal Neuvirth under contract for next season.

Vokoun has nearly 700 games of NHL experience, and has appeared in 11 playoffs games. (MacDonald never has appeared in the NHL playoffs.) Other veteran goalies headed for unrestricted free agency this July include Martin Biron, Scott Clemmensen, Jonas Hedberg and Curtis Sanford.

2 Responses to Wings interested in Vokoun?

  1. blaze says:

    That sucks. The Leafs would have a hard time enticing Vokoun over Detroit. They would likely have to offer considerably more money and with all of Detroits cap space that seems doubtful.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Except all that the Wings can offer Vokoun is the backup role. Jimmy Howard is pretty much entrenched as the starter in Detroit and really isn't going anywhere. If Vokoun wants a shot at a starters spot, he'd have a much better shot in Toronto. Now he might get a better shot somewhere else, but if your comparing Toronto and Detroit, Toronto wins in that regard.

    I actually see the goalie situation as similar between Washington and Toronto. Young guys with potential, but in need of a mentor short term. Maybe Vokoun has interest in a similar role again. 

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