By signing Tomas Vokoun the Capitals suddenly possess much more NHL experience in net but the move also alters the dynamic of the team's depth chart at the position at least for one year. Vokoun, 35, might not have received a guarantee that he'll be the starter but it's hard not to pencil him into that top spot given his experience over 13 years in the NHL. General Manager George McPhee even hinted as much during a conference call with reporters Sunday. Michal Neuvirth, 23, who asserted himself in his rookie season to become the 2011 playoff starter, will certainly still get NHL starts but his workload likely won't be as significant as it would have been if Washington hadn't picked up the veteran Czech. Meanwhile, Braden Holtby, who appeared bound for Washington after the trade of Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche, will have a similar role to the one he held in 2010-11. McPhee said Holtby will spend time in the AHL with the Hershey Bears but that the Capitals "won't hesitate" to recall him as necessary.
Washington Capitals alter goaltending depth chart by adding Tomas Vokoun
Washington Post | Jul 4