Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun spent some time Thursday at Consol Energy Center and according to his agent will begin light workouts next week.

That's a far more upbeat update than one that appeared in an online Czech report Friday one that -- according to a Google translation -- quoted Vokoun as saying he was concerned last weekend about surviving a blood clot problem and might be forced to retire from hockey.

"He is emphatic in saying that he fully intends on coming back and has not contemplated ending his career" Vokoun's agent Allan Walsh said by email.

Vokoun did not travel with the team to the U.S. Military Academy for practices and team-bonding exercises Friday today and Sunday.

Last Saturday Vokoun 37 was pulled from practice because of swelling in his leg and taken to a hospital. He underwent a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis.

Walsh said the report in Czech newspaper MF Dnes "was not entirely accurate" and that "whenever anyone has a blood clot discovered and needs an emergency procedure to remove it one feels 'lucky' to be alive."

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma agreed that anyone who faced such a medical situation would be concerned and in fact Bylsma himself felt that way.

"Speaking for myself and only myself when Tomas left the ice and I heard he was on the way to the hospital you get concerned for a lot of reasons" Bylsma said. "You go through different emotions when you hear he's going to be going through surgery.