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Tomas Vokoun out three to six months following surgery

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07:34 PM ET 10.02 | The Pittsburgh Penguins took a rather large blow today when they found out that they will be without their starting goaltender going into the start of the regular season. Reports state that Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun is scheduled to miss 3-6 months after recently undergoing surgery to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis. According to the Penguins website, Vokoun has been placed on long-term injured reserve, then after a three-month period, he will be reevaluated to determine when/if he can return to the ice. As one would hope, Vokoun's focus is not currently on his career, but his long-term health.

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October 3, 2013  01:44 AM ET

Vokoun is their starter?

October 3, 2013  06:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vokoun is their starter?

Only in the playoffs. :-)

October 3, 2013  09:01 AM ET

No pressure MAF, no pressure.

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October 3, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vokoun is their starter?

"The Day Of The Fleury" has arrived in Pittsburgh, just in time for Haloween.

Be afraid! Be very afraid, Pens fans!

Oh! And BTW .... Bryz is still available. :-)

October 3, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"The Day Of The Fleury" has arrived in Pittsburgh, just in time for Haloween. Be afraid! Be very afraid, Pens fans! Oh! And BTW .... Bryz is still available. :-)

IF you can get him away from the slots?

October 3, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"The Day Of The Fleury" has arrived in Pittsburgh, just in time for Haloween. Be afraid! Be very afraid, Pens fans! Oh! And BTW .... Bryz is still available. :-)

Not really. MAF is a very good regular season goalie. Now come playoff time......

October 3, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

IF you can get him away from the slots?

Hey this is a family comment board!

Oh....nevermind then

October 3, 2013  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

IF you can get him away from the slots?

Tell him there are lots of those in Pittsburgh. Just don't tell him those spells with a "u" instead of an "o." Not that he would know the difference, mind you. :-)

 
October 4, 2013  10:31 AM ET

I love MAF, I really do, and I think he gets a lot of crap unfairly given the kind of defense the Pens typically play in front of him (one of the reasons they coaxed Jacques Martin to be an asst. coach this year, to help teach defensive responsibility), especially during that Philadelphia series where he had his first "meltdown."

But the reality is that MAF has always been twitchy, with a long history of being a talented goalie that loses his grip in high pressure games. The only time he was able to stay tight were the Cup years, and those years he had his best friend Maxime Talbot keeping him loose and relaxed. The minute Talbot leaves in FA, MAF became a headcase again.

So here's deal...the Penguins need to rent clowns, puppies/kittens, strippers, stand-up comedians, *ANYTHING* that will keep Flower distracted come playoff time and stop him from crawling into his own head.

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