Tomas Vokoun won't be with the Panthers this season but that doesn't mean he won't be around.

Vokoun, who spent the past four years in Florida, signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with Southeast Division rival Washington on Saturday.

The Panthers and Capitals play six times this season, the first meeting coming on Oct. 18 at Verizon Center. Vokoun's return to South Florida will come on Dec. 5.

Getting Vokoun for this kind of coin is the steal of the free agent weekend so far.

"We are excited to add an elite veteran goaltender to the Capitals," Caps GM George McPhee said. "We now have a nice blend of talent, depth, experience and youth in the goaltending position."

The Panthers said they would have given Vokoun as long as a three-year deal, likely in the neighborhood of $3 million per season. Vokoun turned down the Panthers final offers on Thursday and Friday with the thought that he would see what was out there.

Unfortunately for Vokoun, things dried up quick.