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Markstrom makes the Panthers’ crease a crowded one

Feb 24, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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There’s been plenty of hype surrounding young Florida goalie Jacob Markstrom for a couple years now. After seeing him stand on his head in a loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night, the excitement is justifiable.

On the flip side of things, Markstrom’s arrival has turned the Panthers crease into a crowded one. After all, Jose Theodore is still the incumbent starter and Scott Clemmensen is signed through next season. Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel says Markstrom’s arrival could mean there’s a trade coming in their future and Theodore is most likely to be moved.

Fialkov says Theodore could be an attractive backup option for a team like the Bruins who have Anton Khudobin backing up Tuukka Rask. Theodore is on the final year of his contract so any team looking for help in goal would only need to commit through the rest of this season.

As long as we’re spitballing ideas on who might need a veteran for support, why not the Detroit Red Wings? Jonas Gustavsson has been hurt more than he’s been healthy and Jimmy Howard is going to need a break sooner or later before he gets run ragged.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Markstrom look solid for the most part against the Penguins the other night. A handful of great saves, but did let in one easy weak goal that he had a clean look at a shot from the point but just missed it.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Fans need to support the Cats, they got some talent. Disappointing to see all the empty seats.

    • killerpgh - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      According to http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance the have over 100% attendance so far this year.

  3. rushledger - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    The future is coming in net for the Florida teams with Anders Lindback and Jackub Markstrom trade Theodore sure but even though he’s in the last year of his deal don’t give him away, steady backup goaltending could be the difference between Detroit making or missing the playoffs.

  4. prosportswashington - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    As a caps fan, be careful what you wish for as far as young goalies and trades go- its been a carousel in WAS for the last decade (more or less)

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Flyers sure could use a backup like Clemmensen. Boucher has always been a fan favorite but neither he nor Leighton are really able to pull out a win in their spot starts. Acquiring someone who is capable of giving Bryz a breather every once in awhile should be a top priority for Holmgren. Plus you need insurance in case (knock on wood) Bryz gets hurt. Idk how much value the Panthers would want in return, but I’d imagine a mid-level prospect with a mid-round pick would be sufficient for a goalie who’s never really been more than a split-starter. Make the call Homer.

  6. charleslouis99 - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Toronto

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