Tomas Vokoun the player has not said this directly, but Vokoun's agent Allan Walsh made it clear Bruce Boudreau's decision to start Michal Neuvirth in goal Saturday night when the Capitals face the Hurricanes might not be going over well with his client. Via Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times:
"He was told he was coming into Washington as the No. 1 goalie," Walsh told The Times. "They were very public in their comments about that. … There’s a certain symbolism attached to who starts the first game of the season at home. It doesn’t mean he’s not a No. 1 goalie. But this can certainly be perceived as a slap in the face."
Vokoun was a late, surprise free agent signing by Washington, inking a one year, $1.5 million deal in early July. At the time of the signing, the acquisition of the veteran Vokoun appeared to be a coup and Washington appeared to have their new #1 goaltender. But, at least for opening night, it appears Bruce Boudreau has other plans.
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