Tomas Vokoun G PIT 17 Days
Tomas Vokoun was back at practice on Wednesday for the first time since September when he had a medical procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis.
"It's nice ... to get some shots," he said. "I'm just happy to be back on the ice and be with the guys. Feeling pretty good. My agenda is to practice and see how I feel and how it goes. We'll see. I'm trying to get back, see how I feel, making sure my health holds up. Obviously, [being out] for five months, you never know." Jeff Zatkoff has performed well enough as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup this season and Vokoun said he won't come back unless he feels he can help out the team.
Tomas Vokoun G PIT 1 Month
Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) took some shots at the end of Tuesday's morning skate.
That's a step in the right direction, but it shouldn't be taken as an indication that Vokoun is close to returning. In fact, there's still no guarantee that he'll play again in 2013-14. "He needs to see quite a bit more practice time and shots in the next two or three weeks before we get to another stage (in his recovery)," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
Tomas Vokoun G PIT 2 Months
It's not good news for Tomas Vokoun as he is still on blood thinners.
Vokoun was to be re-evaluated by doctors after three months to see if he needed to remain on blood thinners. "He has passed the three-month [time]," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He's still seeing the doctor regularly and is still on blood-thinners." That does not bode well for his hockey season as it looks as if he will remain on the medication for six months. He is not allowed to face shots or play while on the blood thinners so his season is in doubt as he will need a while to get back in shape once he is allowed back on the ice.
Tomas Vokoun G PIT 3 Months
Though he has no "health issues" now, Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is unsure whether his career will continue and ultimately will leave his future up to his doctor's recommendations.
Vokoun was slated to be the Penguins' back-up netminder this season but suffered a blood clot in late September and has been sidelined ever since. He spoke publicly about his health Saturday night and explained that he has not ruled out playing again or retiring. "I feel great," said Vokoun, who is still on medication. "I don't have any health issues. It's hard to look that far ahead. Definitely if I can (return) I want to try. In a month, I'll see the doctor and see what he thinks I should do. Then it's up to me to weigh pros and cons and make a decision."
Tomas Vokoun G PIT 5 Months
Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is expected to miss three-to-six months.
If you took Vokoun as a handcuff to Marc-Andre Fleury, you should explore other options. It's not clear yet if the Penguins will stick with Jeff Zatkoff or sign a veteran backup, but unfortunately Vokoun isn't likely to play much, if at all, this season. For his part, Vokoun is more concerned with his long-term health than his hockey career at this point and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Tomas Vokoun G PIT 5 Months
According to agent Allan Walsh, Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is slated to begin light workouts next week.
"He is emphatic in saying that he fully intends on coming back and has not contemplated ending his career," said Walsh, who was refuting a report out of the Czech Republic that the injury may cause him to retire. Vokoun underwent a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis a week ago and there's not timetable in place for his return. "We don't really have anything else on him," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We're still in the time period where we're evaluating from his surgeries and some of the tests and what he's going through right now." Jeff Zatkoff is expected to start the season as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup.