Tag: Tomas Vokoun

Milan Lucic vs. Cody McCormick

Sabres’ McCormick in hospital with a blood clot


The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday that Cody McCormick will be out a while with a blood clot in his leg.

According to Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald, the blood clot is in McCormick’s calf muscle.

“I’m quite sure it’s somewhat serious if he’s still in the hospital,” said Ted Nolan. “I know he took a puck in the foot, he was limping around for a couple days, maybe it happened from there. I’m not 100 percent sure.”

McCormick, 31, has appeared in 33 games for the Sabres this season registering a goal and three assists to go along with 40 penalty minutes.

He is just the latest NHLer to be sidelined due to blood clots.

Flyers’ defenseman Kimmo Timonen has missed the entire season due to blood clots in his right leg and lungs.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun missed the entire 2013-14 season due to blood clots and has since retired.

Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis is expected to miss six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs in November.

Related: Flyers’ Timonen to get blood test results in 10 days

Report: Goaltender Tomas Vokoun retires

Tomas Vokoun

Veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun has decided to retire.

The report comes from Zdenek Janda of iSport.cz:

Originally the ninth round selection of the Montreal Canadiens (226th overall) in 1994, Vokoun spent parts of 15 seasons with the Canadiens, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vokoun appeared in 700 games posting a 300-288-78 record to go along with a career 2.55 G.A.A. and a .917 save percentage.

He holds Predators’ franchise records for goaltender appearances and saves.

The 38-year-old was limited to just 20 games with the Penguins last season as he battled with blood clot issues.

Vokoun won gold representing the Czech Republic at the 2005 and 2010 World Championships. He also won bronze at the 2006 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup.

Despite history of ‘friction,’ DeBoer doesn’t expect issues with Clemmensen

Scott Clemmensen

When the Devils signed Scott Clemmensen to challenge for the No. 2 goalie gig behind Cory Schneider, they did so knowing of the unpleasant history between Clemmensen and head coach Peter DeBoer — dating back to their days together with the Panthers.

DeBoer, though, doesn’t expect it to be a problem.

“When you go through what we went through in Florida as a group, I would say your relationships with a lot of people aren’t great,” DeBoer said, per NorthJersey.com. “I think circumstances played a role in that and I don’t have any issue.

“I’ve always had a healthy respect for [Clemmensen] as a person and a player.”

The issues occurred from 2009-11, when DeBoer coached the Panthers and Clemmensen was battling for playing time with Tomas Vokoun. Those issues were later played up in 2012, when Clemmensen — still with the Panthers — faced off against DeBoer and the Devils in the opening round of the playoffs.

From the Star-Ledger:

DeBoer said there was “friction” in his relationship with Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen, but chalked it up to a Florida team that was not playing well.

Clemmensen, on the other hand, said DeBoer was a “kick in the (butt)” kind of coach and he wasn’t the only player on the team whose relationship was strained for the former Panthers’ boss.

“There was friction between (DeBoer) and a lot of players at some point. I just think that was his coaching style,” Clemmensen told me. “There’s the pat on the back type of coach and the kick in the (butt) type of coach. I think he was more of the latter.

“It didn’t mean we weren’t all pulling in the same direction. Everybody wanted the same thing here and it was frustrating at times. To say the least.”

“When you work the last two years like I did, under the circumstances we were in and how we finished, there was friction with everybody,” DeBoer said.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out at Devils training camp this fall. Clemmensen is hardly a lock for the No. 2 job, as AHL Albany farmhand Keith Kinkaid looks to make the leap to the NHL.

Pens sign goalie Greiss — can he push Fleury?


The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goalie Thomas Greiss to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Greiss is not a big-name goaltender, but he’s put up impressive numbers in limited appearances as an NHL back-up. The 28-year-old has a career save percentage of .915 in 69 appearances with San Jose and Phoenix, and he went 10-8-5 with a .920 save percentage last year with the Coyotes.

Which, of course, brings us to Marc-Andre Fleury, the much-maligned 29-year-old who has one year remaining on his own contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

Barring a trade, Fleury will likely go into the season as Pittsburgh’s No. 1; however, it’s worth noting that he’s lost his starter’s job before, to Tomas Vokoun in the 2013 postseason. Not to mention, the Penguins have a new coach in Mike Johnston, and there is a significant level of ownership dissatisfaction with how the team has performed in the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

At the very least, if it’s a duo of Fleury and Greiss, the latter should push the former.

Vokoun says he’s ready to play next season

Tomas Vokoun

Tomas Vokoun missed all of last season with a blood-clot problem but he said he’s ready to play next season.

The 38-year-old goaltender told Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press that despite missing the entirety of the 2013-14 season, he’s ready to get back between the pipes for any team in need.

“I don’t feel like I’ve missed a season, if that makes any sense,” Vokoun said in a phone interview last week from his home in South Florida. “I know what to do, I’ve played the game for 30 years. I played over 700 games in the NHL, I know mentally what I need to do.”

Vokoun was with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and a team in need of a veteran backup goalie could come calling. One possible destination could be an old haunt in Washington where Braden Holtby could use a little assistance.

There aren’t many goalie jobs to be had out there so the competition could be fierce to find a place to land. One thing’s for sure, if Vokoun does come back and performs well, put him near the front of the discussion for next year’s Masterton Trophy.