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Tomas Vokoun: Moving Out?

Vokoun It's hard to believe, but goaltender Tomas Vokoun has never been a free agent.

Nashville picked him up in the expansion draft after Montreal gave up on him, then signed him to a four-year deal before shipping him off to the Panthers.

Well, that four-year deal is over. It sounds like Vokoun is ready to move on from the Panthers.

Vokoun spoke to the Czech paper/site iDENZ.cz -- you can read a Google translated version of the story right here -- where there is speculation that Vokoun will be in play either in Philadelphia (if Ilya Bryzgalov doesn't work out), Phoenix (which traded Bryzgalov to Philly) or Colorado.


"Under certain circumstances I would be willing to go to Florida,'' the translated Vokoun text reads, "but the other possibility is too tempting. So get into the team, which is strong and has a chance to win the Stanley Cup." That "Stanley Cup" team reads like the Avs.

Yeah, must be lost in the translation.

The Edmonton Journal first spotted this story -- there has been talk the Oilers are interested in Vokoun -- and hinted that Vokoun had been talking with the Flyers and Coyotes.

That would be tampering since, as Vokoun pointed out to the paper, the only team that can make any offer to him right now is the Panthers. And no team would dare tamper with another team's property, right? Right?

On July 1, however, that all changes.

Officially, of course.

As far as the Colorado thing goes, one person close to the Panthers mentioned the Avs as a potential landing spot for Vokoun just last week. And Adrian Dater in Colorado seems to think something is up.

Hey, the last time a Panthers goalie was a free agent, the Avs came calling. Why not now?