Vokoun Skates for First Time Since Blood Clot

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 9:06 AM
Sam Kasan

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun skated for the first time since having surgery for a blood clot Sept. 21.

Vokoun, 37, was on the ice at CONSOL Energy Center Wednesday morning doing laps and stretching on his own prior to the Penguins morning skate. He worked on lateral movements and rimmed pucks around the glass with goaltending coach Mike Bales. In all, Vokoun was on the ice for roughly 45 minutes.

Vokoun has been off blood thinners for a week. When his blood levels return to normal he will be able to start taking shots. There is no timetable for that next step.

“It’s been a long road," head coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday. "To be able to get on the ice and with the possibility of taking shots after the doctor gives him the OK, that’s just another step, just a first step. He has a long road ahead of him. We’ll hopefully get the OK from the doctor and move forward with his progress.”

Vokoun played 20 regular-season games for the Penguins in 2012-13, going 13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average. He appeared in 11 playoff games and was 6-5 with a 2.10 GAA and .933 save percentage while leading the team to the Eastern Conference Final.

The native of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic has played 15 NHL seasons with Montreal, Nashville, Florida, Washington and the Penguins. He has twice represented the Czech Republic in the Olympics.

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