Tomas Vokoun to miss rest of season
Just received an email and apparently Vokoun has some sort of strange blood-related illness. A huge hit to the Predators playoff hopes, to be sure.
More once the story breaks.
UPDATE Here we go. Well, the battle begins to face the Vokoun-less Predators, now the weakest playoff-bound team in the West.
UPDATE The trusty wire story is up on TSN, and it fills in the details.
The 29-year-old Vokoun has not played since April 1, when he had 35 saves in a 2-1 victory over St. Louis. The Predators had been listing Vokoun as day-to-day with a sore back, but general manager David Poile said Monday that Vokoun has pelvic thrombophlebitis.You know, there have been a number of instances this season where the full nature of players' injuries haven't been disclosed (Ed Jovanovski, Dom Hasek, etc.) by their teams, a practice that has been left to the postseason in the past. I had heard somewhere that the Professional Hockey Writers' Association had asked the league about changing this (I'll have to dig up the link), but it'd be nice to know at the time the player is injured exactly how long he'll be gone for.
If Vokoun's true health status was withheld earlier, I can't think of a good reason for it.