Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun has found work overseas, agreeing to terms with Czech Extraliga outfit HC Karlovy Vary.
The move is a homecoming for the 36-year-old netminder. Karlovy Vary is his hometown, though he never actually represented the local club during his younger days — Vokoun played for Kladno prior to joining the Canadiens organization in 1995.
A longtime starter with the Predators and Panthers, Vokoun fell on hard times last season. After miscalculating his worth on the open market, he was forced to sign a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Capitals with the hopes of solidifying their goaltending position.
But the plan never came to fruition.
Vokoun was hampered by a groin injury throughout the season, which limited him to just 48 regular season appearances (25-17-2, 2.51 GAA, .917 save percentage).
Unable to stay healthy, he eventually relinquished the starting gig to Michal Neuvirth — then Braden Holtby — and missed Washington’s final four regular season and all 14 playoff games.
In early June, Vokoun was traded to Pittsburgh and immediately signed to a two-year, $4 million deal to provide a veteran presence behind No. 1 ‘keeper Marc-Andre Fleury.