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Panthers’ Theodore leaves game with possible knee injury

Mar 2, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

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It’s early on Saturday, but things have already been pretty rough for Florida Panthers goaltenders.

Most importantly, Jose Theodore left the team’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with what the Miami Herald’s George Richards describes as an apparent knee injury. He won’t return to tonight’s game.

As Richards points out, the 36-year-old netminder has a history of knee issues.

Theodore made way for backup Scott Clemmensen, who allowed three goals on three consecutive shots shortly after taking over.

Florida faces an interesting scenario if Theodore’s injury is significant. Potential goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom made for a crowded net at times but could be the go-to guy. (We’re also required to mention the name Roberto Luongo, despite those rumors drying up weeks ago.)

Richards indicates that Markstrom, 23, is likely to get called up and maybe receive the next start (depending upon Theodore’s condition). We’ll see if he can run with that chance after going 0-2-0 during his last stay at the NHL level.

  1. canucks30 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I think it’s Luongo time for the Panthers

    • ryanprzy - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Nope. It’s Markstrom time.

    • z561 - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      The Panthers aren’t interested in their own sloppy seconds…

  2. valoisvipers - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Tank time

  3. PUCKSandFILMS - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Reblogged this on El Puckster.

  4. z561 - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    It’s true that Scott Clemmensen gets beaten up high alot, but at least he makes up for it by letting in at least 2 ridiculously weak shots through his legs every game.

    • ryanprzy - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Clemmensen’s numbers have been real solid since he went to Florida, especially for a backup. He’s only started 5 games this season and he’s played like crap, but he’s earned a chance to right the ship.

      At any rate, Markstrom just has to stick sooner or later. The Panthers should have dealt Theodore somewhere else when he was healthy. They have the worst goal differential in the league, are loaded with talented prospects, and Markstrom is more than ready to take over in net.

      I love the shape that organization is in. Even if it doesn’t reflect right now in the standings, they’re a well-rounded club, especially if guys like Versteeg and Weiss come around and produce like they ought to. The next few years should be exciting in Florida, but they can’t screw it up by trading for Luongo or making any other stupid move. I’m somewhat envious of their situation, and I’m a die-hard Wings fan.

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