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Capitals sign G Tomas Vokoun to 1-yr, $1.5M deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Capitals have signed free agent goalie Tomas Vokoun to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.

The move made Saturday was somewhat of a surprise, but Vokoun adds veteran insurance to a goalie situation that is focused on youngsters Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby.

Capitals general manager George McPhee indicated on Friday that he would be content to let the 23-year-old Neuvirth and the 21-year-old Holtby battle for the starting job next season.

Washington traded its other up-and-coming goalie, Semyon Varlamov, to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

The 34-year-old Vokoun has played in 13 NHL seasons. He was 22-28-5 with a 2.55 goals-against average in 57 games last season with the Florida Panthers.