The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that goalie Tomas Vokoun will be off the ice indefinitely after a procedure to remove a blood clot from his pelvis. Vokoun noticed swelling in thigh Saturday and after a emergency room visit had the operation done. Again, there is no timetable for his return.
General Manager Ray Shero said, "This just came about today when he left the ice after the second practice. His leg was swelled up a bit. That was a red flag. Dr. Harner (the team's head sawbones) came down. They got him to the hospital. The good news is everything was caught early. Tomas is done with the procedure and resting comfortably. We’ll see where the next few days brings us.”
The future right now is Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff will be the Penguins primary goaltenders. Fleury has struggled lately and the news of his solid backup being shelved has a bunch of fans worried. The early part of season should see Flower get a ton of starts. Zatoff is a rookie and has yet to make his NHL debut.
With Vokoun out, Ray Shero said this about his level of confidence about the goalie stable, "We just found out about this today and Tomas was undergoing the procedure during the game actually. Everything went well with that but indefinitely is indefinitely so we will have to wait and see. As we move along here we will have to make some determinations."
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