The Pens traded a 7th round pick to the Capitals for the rights to Tomas Vokoun. The Pens then signed Vokoun to a 2-year contract at $2 million/year. Vokoun waived a no-trade clause to come to Pittsburgh.
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But with Fleury's meltdown in the playoffs, a competent backup is more necessary than ever. We've always been loathe for the Pens to have anything resembling a goal-tending controversy, but that was when Fleury had earned the right not to battle for his position. We love MAF, but he's lost that right. He should still be the #1 goalie, and it's clearly his job to lose. It's just that the leash is a little tighter, and that's a good thing.
To sum it up, there are 2 benefits to this move. The Pens actually may have a chance at winning games Fleury doesn't start, and if Fleury goes meltdown mode in the playoffs again, we have a Plan B. Good trade.