Caps' Vokoun faces former team

Caps' Vokoun faces former team
October 18, 2011, 11:25 am
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Tomas Vokoun spent the past four seasons with the Florida Panthers, starting 248 games.

But if you think Tuesday night's game against his old team holds special meaning, think again.

"I spent some time there, but its not really the team I played for," Vokoun said. "Its a divisional game and its two points, but from the coaches to the players there aren't many people left from the team I played with."

After four straight years of missing the playoffs, the Panthers blew up their roster and replaced coach Peter DeBoer with Kevin Dineen. General manager Dale Tallon tried keeping Vokoun, but the 35-year-old goaltender turned down two- and three-years offer believed to be worth more than 2 million a season, hoping he'd get more on the open market.

When no one made an offer on the first day of free agency, Vokoun settled for a one-year 1.5 million offer from the Capitals.

"Looking back now, at the time I got an offer (from the Panthers) I didn't feel was fair," Vokoun said. "Things happen. You go to open market and things don't go as you thought they would. That was my decision. I talked to Dale (Tallon) many times. Its not like he didn't like me or I didn't like him. They tried to re-sign me and it didnt work out. I made my decision and the rest is pretty much history. Its in the past."