NHL Free Agency: Washington Capitals Sign Tomas Vokoun To One-Year Contract

Just one day after trading away goalie Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche, the Washington Capitals have found his replacement. The team has signed Tomas Vokoun, formerly of the Florida Panthers, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, according to ESPN's Scott Burnside.

The 35-year old has been a starter in the NHL for years, and provides veteran experience for the Capitals. He could start over Michal Neuvirth, but most likely, he will serve as a backup and mentor. This also likely means that Braden Holtby will play in Hershey for the duration of next season.

The signing also puts the Capitals right up against the salary cap, and that is still before re-signing defensemen Karl Alzner and winger Troy Brouwer, which will happen according to owner Ted Leonsis. This means a trade is likely coming. The Capitals can be up to 10 percent over the cap for now, but must get back under before opening day.

For more on Vokoun and the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink.

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