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Penguins Thomas Vokoun Out 3-6 Months with Blood Clots

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins depth has taken a hit as the team has revealed that goalie Thomas Vokoun will miss the next 3-6 months with blood clots.

Even though he hasn't begun to think about retirement, the 37-year-old Vokoun hasn't played since the clots were discovered last month.

"I'm just in the beginning on this road," Vokoun said. "Obviously, all kinds of things cross your mind. Right now, I'm not thinking about my career or, you know, playing hockey. I'm more worried about long-term health."

This is not the first time Vokoun has dealt with blood clots. Back in 2006 while with the Nashville Predators, Vokoun missed a significant portion of the season. The two issues are not related.

"It's going to be whatever is best for him and his safety and the good thing for him is he can lead his active life, do the things he does, work out, play tennis, or whatever," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.

Vokoun is a 15-year veteran. He's played for the Montreal Canadiens, the Nashville Predators, the Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, and the Penguins.

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