Tomas Vokoun and Ray Shero met with the media this morning. According to Josh Yohe, Vokoun will miss at least three-to-six months of action.
Confirmation via the Pens Twitter feed:
GM Shero on Vokoun: They'll evaluate after 3 months. Most important thing is his health. He can stay active during that time.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 2, 2013
Now more news via Twitter:
Shero wants to go with Zatkoff. Says he's heard from every UFA out there. Would rather see what Zatkoff had first.— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) October 2, 2013
Yeah, we're basically just taking Tweets from real media members and putting them here. Yay blogging!
One more Tweet from the Pens:
#Pens Vokoun: I'm not thinking about my career or hockey. Im worried about my long-term health. Thinking short term.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 2, 2013
This is obviously awful news for Vokoun, who is a talented goaltender and who likely would have received a decent number of starts this year. The fact that this news comes after he put on a strong performance in last year's playoffs makes it even worse.
EDIT: One more Tweet:
The good news is that Vokoun's situation isn't genetic. If it were, he would have already retired. Doctors believe he can play again.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) October 2, 2013