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Clemmensen re-ups with Florida

Jul 1, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers makes a save during the game against the New Jersey Devils on February 11, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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Scott Clemmensen is off the market, reports Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com. The 34-year-old goalie has come to terms with the Florida Panthers on a two-year contract.

“Scott is a high-character, hard-working player who is a true professional in every sense,” said general manager Dale Tallon. “He stepped in and played very well in some tough games for us last season, including recording wins against Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Jose, Washington and Philadelphia. We are very pleased to have him back with our club and look forward to his continued contributions to our organization both on and off the ice.”

A few things about this deal:

First, Clemmensen was one of the top pending UFA goalies, which says more about the thinness of the market than the player. He (.915 save percentage) only started 25 games last season, and he’s never started more than 39.

Second, it leaves the Panthers with two goalies under contract. Jose Theodore has one year left on his deal, and according to CapGeek.com, he also has a no-trade clause. So does that take Florida out of the Robert Luongo sweepstakes? Unless Theodore is part of a trade with the Canucks, it would seem to.

Finally, if Luongo (and his $5.3 million cap hit) isn’t coming to the Panthers, it frees up money to spend on other players. Like, perhaps, defenseman Jason Garrison.

Update: ESPN’s Craig Custance reports the Clemmensen deal doesn’t rule out a Luongo trade to Florida.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    is there such thing as “Roberto Luongo sweepstakes”? Sound like Gillis wishful thinking.

  2. allib232 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Thank god! I’ve been a panther fan my entire life, and the majority of fans I’ve talked to do NOT want Luongo back here. I’d rather have Garrison thank a goalie who chokes and b*tches all the time

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