Tomas Vokoun's road to recovery took a very positive step recently when the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender was taken off blood thinners. The 37-year-old veteran had a blood clot on his pelvis removed in October and was expected to be out 3-6 months while recovering. It's been nearly four months since his surgery.

Now that Vokoun has been off the blood thinners for a week, he will resume skating as early as Wednesday. He won't be able to take shots yet, but this is certainly a very positive sign for Vokoun being able to come back. According to Dan Bylsma, if his health remains stable, Vokoun can get back to trying to stop some pucks in practice at least.

The Penguins backup goaltender, who stepped in as starter last postseason, has not played a regular-season game this year. He discovered swelling on his thigh during a Penguins preseason practice and was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with the blood clot.