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Tomas Vokoun: Keeping Options Open

Vokoun3 ATLANTA -- Is it possible Tomas Vokoun has played his final game with the Florida Panthers.

Yes, it is.

With the trade deadline quickly approaching -- and Vokoun getting the night off tonight in Atlanta -- he may have rocked the leaping cat for the last time.

We spoke to T-Vo today after the morning skate at Taco Mac Arena and he said he had spoken to GM Randy Sexton regarding the trade rumors and his stance on dropping his no trade.

Vokoun says he had not told Sexton that he would not waive the no trade as I had read somewhere and he knows there are potential deals out there. The Twitterverse is, ahem, a-twitter with rumors that he might be going to Philadelphia.

Which would make for an uncomfortable night come Wednesday what with the Panthers playing host to the Flyers and all.

But lets not forget, a team like Philadelphia -- which is pretty tight to the salary cap -- would have to move some money to get a player like Vokoun (or rather, Vokoun's salary) in under.

We spoke to Vokoun about a variety of subjects, but we can get to all that later.

Here's what he had to say about the potential for a trade. And Sexton isn't with the team, he's back in South Florida working the phones.

WHAT'S IT LIKE WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPPENS?

It's a little bit uncertain, but I can't worry about it. Right now, all I know about it is rumors. I'm waiting like everyone else to see if there are any truth to the rumors. We'll find out soon.

HAVING THE NO TRADE GIVES YOU A LITTLE MORE PIECE OF MIND THAN OTHERS THOUGH, RIGHT?

Yeah, I had my conversation with Randy and he knows where I stand. And I know where he stands, so, we're at an understanding. There are a couple of scenarios and I'm ready for all of them.

Vokoun2 HAVE YOU GIVEN HIM A LIST OF TEAMS?

No, I didn't. We agreed we wouldn't make public any of the details. But I didn't. It's more like, if there's a deal in place, he'll let me know. Ultimately it's my decision, yes or no.

HAVE YOU TOLD THE PANTHERS YOU WOULDN'T WAIVE THE NO TRADE?

No, that's not true.

SO YOU ARE OPEN TO TALK ABOUT IT ALL?

Yep.

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