The Penguins have obtained the rights to goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft and immediately signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Vokoun, 35, would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if not signed.
He stands to replace Brent Johnson -- also is eligible for unrestricted free agency July 1 -- as the backup to starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, especially if young goaltender Brad Thiessen isn't signed before he reaches unrestricted free agency July 1.
Vokoun, who made $1.5 million last season, was 25-17-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 48 appearances with the Capitals in 2011-12. In his NHL career, he is 287-284-43 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
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