Penguins' Tomas Vokoun out 3-6 months with blood clot

Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun during one of his team's game day skates in May 2013. (Errol...

Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun during one of his team's game day skates in May 2013. (Errol McGihon/The Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins don't expect goaltender Tomas Vokoun to be back for three to six months, general manager Ray Shero said Wednesday.

Vokoun is recovering from a blood clot that was removed from his pelvis last month at the start of training camp.

"They'll evaluate after three months," Shero said. "Most important thing is his health. He can stay active during that time."

Shero has no immediate plans to bring in another goalie. He will give Jeff Zatkoff the opportunity to back up starter Marc-Andre Fleury this season.

The 26-year-old Zatkoff has no NHL experience but has played well for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the American Hockey League.

The 37-year-old Vokoun feared he would die when the blood clot was discovered after a September practice. He was rushed to a hospital and underwent a procedure to dissolve the clot.

At this point, Vokoun is not focused on a return to the ice.

"I'm not thinking about my career or hockey," Vokoun said. "I'm worried about my long-term health. Thinking short term."

Vokoun came in last season as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury and took over as the starter in the playoffs when Fleury struggled.


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