When the Capitals traded away Semyon Varlamov on the first day of free agency, it seemed as though the team’s top goaltending job would finally belong to Michal Neuvirth — no competition necessary.
But a day later, proven veteran Tomas Vokoun practically fell into Washington’s lap for a meager $1.5 million.
While Vokoun hasn’t been fully guaranteed the No. 1 job, the 35-year-old has all the credentials of a starter and a clear edge on his fellow Czech native Neuvirth, 23.
But according to an interview translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks, Neuvirth isn’t threatened by the addition of Vokoun to the depth chart.
“When I started to think about it, I realized that it’s actually really great,” Neuvirth said in an interview with iSport.cz. “He is a goalie I always looked up to.”
As for Coach Bruce Boudreau’s comments that Vokoun would likely begin the season as the top netminder, Neuvirth said it doesn’t matter to him:
“Yeah, that’s a pity,” he said to the Czech site. “But I don’t care who is number one and who is number two right now. It’s summer, the season has not even begun. These talks don’t harm me at all. I’m going to camp with the same position as every year. I want to play as many games as possible, whether at the expense of Tomas Vokoun or Varly. I just want to play.”