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Washington Capitals sign veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun to one-year deal

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals signed free-agent goaltender Tomas Vokoun to a one-year contract Saturday.

"We are excited to add an elite veteran goaltender to the Capitals," general manager George McPhee said in a statement. "We now have a nice blend of talent, depth, experience and youth in the goaltending position."

Vokoun, 34, is a 13-year veteran who posted a 22-28-5 record, 2.55 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 57 games with the Florida Panthers. The Czech has registered 20 or more wins in eight straight seasons and posted a save percentage of .920 or higher for the third consecutive year.

"I'm very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization," said Vokoun. "It is a terrific team with a lot of talent and I look forward to doing everything I can for us to reach our ultimate goal in winning the Stanley Cup."

The six-foot, 215-pound goalie is fifth among active goalies in games played (632).

Vokoun was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the ninth round (226th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.