“No, I’m not really nervous because I’m not playing,” Vokoun said.
It had been assumed that Vokoun, signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal July 2, would get the nod. Instead, now the Caps are expected to start Neuvirth, given not only what Vokoun had to say, but Boudreau’s surprised reaction to the question.
“I didn’t know that was public knowledge now,” the coach said.
“Well, I’m not ready to comment on that,” he said.
“I just found out after practice, and, yeah, I was a little surprised,” Neuvirth said. “I think I had a great training camp and had very good preseason games and probably that’s why I’m playing tomorrow.”
Apparently Neuvirth has earned the opening-night gig. But the 23-year-old didn’t want to make it into too much.
“It’s only one game,” he said. “I’m going to stay in the net and try my best and help the team win the hockey game tomorrow and that’s all.”View Entire Story
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