The Washington Capitals finally did something right today when they traded their veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun to the Pittsburgh Penguins in return for their 7th round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Vokoun signed a two year deal with the Penguins worth $4 million and he will serve as a back-up for Penguins starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Vokoun waived his “no-movement” clause in order for this trade to happen. He missed the end of last season due to a groin injury which opened up the door for up-and-coming goaltender Braden Holtby.
This was a great trade for the Washington Capitals. Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby played phenomenal for the Capitals during the end of the regular season and the playoffs. He showed calmness and reliability during their intense post season and was an essential part of knocking out the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. Holtby is a kid that is going to grow with the Capitals organization and he will give the Capitals a real chance at the Stanley Cup next season.