Tomas Vokoun knew from the beginning of the 2011-12 season he likely wasn't a long-term fit in Washington, given the organization's depth in net with several young prospects vying for ice time.

So when the season ended, Vokoun and his agent received permission from the Capitals to pursue a trade to a team he could sign with prior to July 1 when the veteran netminder was set to become an unrestricted free agent.