Vokoun will miss playoffs with rare blood condition

Monday, April 10, 2006 at 1:00am

UPDATE: April 10, 1:30 p.m. CST
Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun will miss the rest of the season and playoffs due to a rare blood ailment.

Nashville General Manager David Poile and team physicians Dr. Michael Pagnani and Dr. Richard Garman said Monday that Vokoun had been hospitalized since Friday after being diagnosed with pelvic thrombophlebitis.

"Since being diagnosed with this condition, Tomas has been hospitalized and is receiving medication and undergoing additional tests," said Poile. "His treatment, which includes blood-thinning medication, will prohibit him from playing hockey through the remainder of this season. He will continue to be monitored by Dr. Pagnani and Dr. Garman and we are hopeful that he will be discharged from Baptist Hospital in the next few days."

Vokoun has missed the past four games due to what the Preds have said was lower back pain.

"After initial MRI tests of his back showed nothing to explain his back pain, further studies were performed that revealed blood clots located in veins in his lower abdomen," Pagnani said. "Tomas did not sustain an injury to this area, and the tests have not revealed any definite cause for the blood clots."

The Preds have four regular season games remaining before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next weekend.

With Vokoun out, the Preds will turn to backup Chris Mason to start at goalie for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

More on this story in tomorrow's edition of The City Paper.

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