Former Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun had a conference call Sunday and admitted he turned down offers from the Panthers for two and three years, but that while he was disappointed in the money, he's thrilled to be playing for a contender.
Here's excerpts from the call via NHL.com
"In the last four years I've played a lot against Washington and I know how good that team is," Vokoun said Sunday in a conference call. "I know I'm going to have fun and I've been on winning teams before but nothing like Washington, how the team is put together now. I always think that those guys when they're walking on their rink, they know they're gonna win and they know they're a good team."
Vokoun said Sunday that he had been seeking a multi-year offer and actually had turned down both two- and three-year offers from Florida. While he had nothing but good things to say about the Panthers organization, Vokoun felt as though his age and Florida's talent and direction meant it was best for both parties to move in different directions. In addition, with impending free-agent goalies Ilya Bryzgalov and Dwayne Roloson both signed to contracts before the free-agent signing period opened on July 1, Vokoun figured to be the most sought after player at his position.
Unfortunately for Vokoun, however, the free-agent goaltending market dried up quicker than he had anticipated, and, in the end, it seemed a one-year $1.5 million pact with Washington offered him the best chance to return to the postseason and chase a Stanley Cup.
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