Scratch one potential Flyers goaltender off the list.
According to the Sun Sentinal, Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun, has been assured by new general manager Dale Tallon that he is not being actively shopped on the trade market.
“He likes me, and he has no interest in shopping me or trading me unless there’s a great deal that would make sense,” Vokoun said regarding his new boss.
“Obviously, everybody’s tradable. He said if it was best for the future of the organization he would have to do it. But from what I understand, he wants me around.”
With stud 20-year-old goalie prospect Jacob Markstrom likely spending one or two seasons developing in the AHL, the Panthers will need a backstop until then and 34-year-old Vokoun is their best option. The Czech backstop had a 2.55 goals against average last season with a .925% save percentage.
The Flyers, who are expected to weigh all options when it comes to filling their vacant goaltending position, were expected to be one of the teams interested in Vokoun and his $5.7 million dollar price tag, should he hit the market with one year remaining on his contract.
Vokoun was reportedly offered to Philadelphia in a trade at last season’s trade deadline.