The NHL All-Star break will mean different things to different players on the Capitals.
For Alex Ovechkin, it will mean chillin somewhere warm. For Karl Alzner, it will mean a long weekend in New York City.
But for Tomas Vokoun, it will be a chance to do something most fathers take for granted. Hell get to wake up in a house with his wife and two daughters for a few days.
Im looking forward to going home and seeing my family, Vokoun said Tuesday night after the Caps ended their first half with a 5-3 win over the Bruins. Its been a long time, but they can see me.
When Vokoun signed a one-year, 1.5 million contract with the Capitals over the summer, he and his wife, Dagmar, decided to keep their home in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland, Fla. They also decided that Dagmar would remain in southern Florida with the couples two school-age daughters, Adelle, 11, and Natalie, 5.
Vokoun said the separation has been difficult at times, especially during a November stretch when he lost five of seven games and struggled with his confidence. It was during that time that Vokoun acknowledged how important it is to have a balance between career and family and the opportunity to separate the two.
Of course, Vokoun has rebounded nicely from that rough patch. He enters the break having won eight of his last 12 starts and is ranked ninth among NHL goalies with 20 wins. Hell carry a 20-12-0 mark, 2.56 GAA and .916 save percentage into the unofficial second half of the season when the Caps begin a three-game road trip in Tampa on Tueday night.
Vokoun plans on returning to Washington on Sunday and will be on the ice with his teammates at Kettler on Monday afternoon.
Its going to be nice to relax a few days and recharge the batteries, he said.