The Washington Times - July 2, 2011, 06:38PM

After dealing away Semyon Varlamov, Capitals general manager George McPhee said Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby would share the duties in net.

“Let’s let these two guys go at it and share the responsibility and see how they do,” he said Friday.


A little over 24 hours later, Holtby was back to being the Hershey Bears’ starting goalie as the Caps signed goaltender Tomas Vokoun to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

“We are excited to add an elite veteran goaltender to the Capitals,” McPhee said in a statement released by the team. “We now have a nice blend of talent, depth, experience and youth in the goaltending position.”

It’s tremendous value for a player thought to be the best goalie on the market. Vokoun, who turned 35 on Saturday, is 262-267-76 in his NHL career – for a lot of bad teams – but had a .922 save percentage and 2.55 goals-against average last year.

He was making $5.7 million last year.

“I’m very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization,” Vokoun said in the same statement. “It is a terrific team with a lot of talent and I look forward to doing everything I can for us to reach our ultimate goal in winning the Stanley Cup.”

He has only appeared in 11 playoff games and is 3-8.

But he was expected to garner a lot of attention on the market, with the Coyotes, Panthers and Avalanche in need for a starter. Phoenix signed Mike Smith, Florida grabbed Jose Theodore and Colorado acquired Varlamov.

So Vokoun looked for a place to win.

“[The Caps] weren’t one of the obvious candidates on the first day, but they have the same goal as Tomas does, which is win the Stanley Cup,” his agent, Michael Deutsch, told The Washington Times.