Originally posted on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 10/25/11

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 21: Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Florida Panthers defends the net during the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun hasn't wasted any time impressing Caps fans; now he's impressing the entire league.  Vokoun was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for last week, doubling his win total with 3 wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, and a .968 save percentage.  The 35-year-old Czech keeper posted a 20 save shutout over the rebuilt Florida Panthers on Tuesday before stopping 40 of 42 shots in a 5-2 win over the net-crashing Flyers on Thursday in Philadelphia.  The coup de grace was a 32 save performance against the undefeated Red Wings on Saturday in a 7-1 win, a game that could have been much closer without his heroics during several Detroit powerplays.

Considering Vokoun's salary of $1.5 million, the Caps already have half their money's worth after 6 wins.  Looking at 12 veteran NHL goaltenders from last season in the middle salary bracket who earned between $1 million and $2.4 million dollars, the numbers show the expectations for a NHL goalie at Vokoun's salary.  Those 12 goalies' average salary was $1.45 million, they averaged 29.2 games played, a record of 11.6-10.2-3.7, and 1.4 shutouts.  We can expect Vokoun to be the curve buster this season for that salary bracket.

In case you were curious about the 12...

NHL Goalie 2010 SalaryGPRecordSO Mike Smith $2.4 million 22 13-6-1 1 Antero Niittymaki $2 million 24 12-7-3 0 Chris Mason $1.6 million 33 13-13-3 1 Dan Ellis $1.5 million 44 21-10-7 2 Johan Hedberg $1.5 million 34 15-12-2 3 Ty Conklin $1.4 million 25 8-8-4 2 Marty Turco $1.3 million 29 11-11-3 1 Jonas Gustavsson $1.3 million 23 6-13-2 0 Mathieu Garon $1.2 million 36 10-14-6 3 Scott Clemmensen $1.1 million 31 8-11-7 2 Jose Theodore $1.1 million 32 15-11-3 1 Jason LaBarbera $1 million 17 7-6-3 2
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