Fantasy Impact: The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals for a seventh round draft pick. They then signed Vokoun to a two year deal worth $4 million.
The Penguins get: stability between the pipes. Talk about a move coming out of left field. It's not often that a solid goaltender with a great track record recognizes the market and accepts a backup role when most in his position would hold out to become a starter. Who could the Penguins turn to when beach balls were going past Marc-Andre Fleury in the first round of the postseason? Nobody. Looks like they won't let that happen again.
The Capitals get: to help out their good friends in Pittsburgh (tongue-in-cheek). It's nice to get an asset for something you were going to lose anyway, but this is doing a favor for rivals, and I don't fully understand it. I guess a favor in the pocket - an IOU to be cashed in later - is nice to have.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Obviously Fleury's starts will be heavily impacted. No more 67 games. Nope, 60 at best. And if I were a betting man I'd bet on something closer to 55. Vokoun holds no fantasy value, other than the off chance that he steals the starting job. But that would require an unprecedented breakdown on the part of Fleury - beyond the four games that he was rocked by the Flyers in April.
The move also hints at the Capitals' strong desire to roll with Brayden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth next season, something we suspected anyway.
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order: