Penguins’ Vokoun to miss 3-6 months after having blood clot removed

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Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun will miss the next three to six months after having a procedure done to remove a blood clot according to NHL.com.

The 37 year old native of the Czech Republic went 13-4-0 with a 2.45 gaa after taking over the starting job from Marc-Andre Fleury during last year’s Lockout-shortened season’s first round of the playoffs against the New York Islanders.

“Physically he’s doing great. Mentally he’s doing great, which is good news.  (Vokoun) will be on blood thinning medicine. During this time he’s OK to work out and do everything except play hockey. We’ll evaluate this as we go along.  The most important thing for Tomas and for us is his short-term health and long-term health. He’s in good hands.”

General Manager Ray Shero on Vokoun’s procedure and health

The loss of Vokoun leaves a GIANT hole in net for the Penguins that will, for now, be filled by veteran AHL goaltender and former Los Angeles Kings draft pick Jeff Zatkoff. When asked about the possibility of bringing in another goalie with some NHL experience, Shero said there was no plans at the moment.

“Right now I’m not thinking about my career or playing hockey, I’m more worried about long-term health.  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.”

Tomas Vokoun on his health and his future

 

Though he’ll more than likely be able to play hockey again this season, one has to wonder what this will do to Vokoun and his career. He is 37 but has not spoken about retirement. Sadly this could be the thing that makes him seriously think about it.

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