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Jose Theodore out for two weeks

Jan 3, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

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News out of South Beach is that Florida Panthers starting goaltender is out for two weeks with a knee injury he suffered on New Year’s Eve against the Montreal Canadiens. Renaud Lavoie from RDS broke the news and added the disclaimer: “could be longer.” We’ll just let the “could be longer” part settle in for the Panthers fans out there.

Theodore has been a solid No. 1 netminder for the surprising Panthers this season. He’s given his new team a chance to win just about every start; it’s all Dale Tallon and Co. could have hoped for when they watched Tomas Vokoun walk away and signed Theodore on July 1. Don’t look now, but Theodore as a better goals against average and save percentage through the first three months of the season.

Head coach Kevin Dineen has already announced that Jacob Markstrom will get the start in Florida’s next game against the Islanders. The team plays back-to-back games against the Islanders and Devils, so they will probably need both the rookie Markstrom and inconsistent back-up Scott Clemmensen to step up their games as the Panthers continue to fight for the Southeast Division lead.

The Panthers doctors and coaches are remaining optimistic that Theodore’s injury won’t turn into a long-term problem. “We got our fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious,’’ head coach Kevin Dineen told the Sun-Sentinel. “Our doctors feel good that he’ll be back in the swing of things fairly soon.’’

Until then, hotshot prospect Markstrom will get another opportunity to impress at the NHL level.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Theodore being gone hurts, but on the other hand, Markstrom’s impressed so far. Honestly, if I were Tallon I’d be running him as backup over Clemmensen already, but this gives him a good window to prove that he deserves the backup job to Theodore long-term. This is an opportunity for them as much as a loss.

    • cmutimmah - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Disagree completely about your addition by subtraction thought. Markstrom is not ready to be handed the reigns and actually would be served better in the AHL making consistant starts than the NHL where he could lose confidence, which is a goalie’s best attribute (unless you are Rick Dipietro…)

      And as a backup, always better to have a Vet than someone that is inexperienced. The Vet is more equipt to handle the volitile playing time and the kid can get some seasoning at lower levels.

      The impact is going to be felt greater by the forwards than anything else. Weiss’ line will have to play more defensively, which is trouble because they seem to generate about 70% of the offense… Guys like Garrison can’t be so offensive minded without Theo back there. This is just a test to see how good of a team the Panthers really are… that’s about it.

  2. bcousy - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I think the Panthers’ next two games are on the road against the Rangers (not Islanders) and Devils, so looks like Markstrom will get thrown right into the fire.

  3. tonyseesred - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I think Clemmenson has had one bad game this year? and he was undefeated in regulation up until that game. so, theo being out, def hurts but not much more than any of the other injuries the team is battling. Will be another great shot for markstrom, im confident the rangers will have their work cut out for em trying to score on this kid, this time around. Not to mention, Panthers are going to be comin out swingin. Cant wait for this game tomorrow night.

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