Pittsburgh Penguins’ goaltender Tomas Vokoun, whose been out the entire season due to a blood clot issue, is reportedly set to skate Wednesday – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the team’s Twitter handle.
Vokoun will skate tom. Has been off blood thinners for week. When levels are normal he will be able to take shots, per coach Bylsma
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 21, 2014
Vokoun, 37, was placed on long-term injured reserve at the start of the season and given a 3-6 month timetable, after he underwent surgery on Sept. 21 to repair a blood clot that had developed in his pelvis.
Due to how serious the condition was, and because he had this injury before, the idea of retiring became very possible – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. However, the news that Vokoun will make his return to the ice tomorrow is encouraging.
Although he won’t be able to endure any shots, the mere fact that he’s lacing up the skates is progression enough. As-far-as how long it will be before he practices, that we don’t know – but at least he’s moving in the right direction.
Be sure to keep an eye on this story as it develops tomorrow.