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Vokoun Should Ease Fleury's Load

Chaz Palla/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A potentially busy offseason for the Penguins began with general manager Ray Shero making a move to bolster a weakness.

The Penguins acquired goalie Tomas Vokoun to replace Brent Johnson as Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup.

A starter for the majority of his 14-year NHL career, Vokoun comes at the price of a seventh-round draft pick to the Washington Capitals. The Penguins acquired Vokoun’s rights — he was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 — and signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract.

The Penguins have $7 million tied into the goaltender position for the next two seasons, but Shero was intent on providing Fleury with someone who’s more than simply a capable backup.

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