Report: Panthers in contract talks with goaltender Vokoun Staff

1/13/2011 10:08:44 AM

It appears the Florida Panthers would like to keep Tomas Vokoun around after this season.

According to the Florida Sun Sentinel, the Panthers are in talks with their #1 goaltender to extend his contract beyond this season.

The 34-year-old Vokoun is in the final year of his current contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"He's not definitely gone," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the Sun Sentinel. "We talked to his agent and while they expressed an interest in staying, we've expressed an interest in keeping him if it makes sense."

Should talks break down and the Panthers remain out of the playoff chase, Vokoun could be dealt before the trade deadline on Feb 28. However, he has a no-move clause in his contract but his 5.7 million cap hit may be a bigger roadblock to being dealt.

"We've had ongoing discussions with Florida about a potential extension,'' Vokoun's agent, Michael Deutsch told the Sun Sentinel. "Conversations are continuing, and we'll see where they go.''

This season, Vokoun has a 2.56 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .922 while facing the 1,000 shots, the sixth-highest total in the league.