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Hello, Luongo? Jose Theodore has torn groin, season in jeopardy

Mar 3, 2013, 4:22 PM EST

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Jose Theodore‘s departure from last night’s game against Carolina may have come with a stiff price to pay.

Renaud Lavoie from RDS reports Theodore has a torn groin muscle and it’s undecided whether or not he’ll need surgery to repair it. One way or another his season is in doubt because of the injury and prospect Jacob Markstrom has been called up from AHL San Antonio to take his spot.

With Markstrom and backup Scott Clemmensen now having to hold down the fort, this could fire up the Roberto Luongo-to-Florida rumors once again. The problem there is Florida likes the potential Markstrom has to be their No. 1 goalie in the future and GM Dale Tallon doesn’t feel pressure to make a deal, especially if it means giving up prized prospects, for the Vancouver star.

If Markstrom struggles and the burden to keep the Panthers playoff hopes alive falls to Clemmensen, don’t be surprised if Tallon starts calling British Columbia.

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  1. kselvig - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    lol, don’t be silly. If you’d actually watched any of the Panthers games this year, Luongo isn’t the solution. They’re terrible in the defensive zone, can’t score 5 on 5… bringing in Luongo makes less sense now than it did in the offseason, and it didn’t make much sense then either. But you got “Luongo” in your headline, which people will click, and didn’t put “Panthers”, which people would ignore, so I’m sure you’ll get what you’re after here :)

  2. valoisvipers - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Just say no to Luongo!

  3. handsofsweed - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Hey. Yinz guys want Tomas Vokoun back?

  4. ludacrish05 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Vokoun isn’t on his game at all.. Glad he left DC

  5. rushledger - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Markstrom will be back up he deserves it anyways.

  6. desertfan - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    They are moving so hold all moves- 4000 fans today!!

  7. 8man - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Torn groin? Ouch. Two words that do not belong together. Get well, Jose.

  8. blomfeld - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    YES !

    There’s only one viable destination for the 64 million dollar Michelin Man and that’s the Sunshine State of Florida. Whether it’s Miami or Tampa Bay is immaterial. The bottom line remains that Luongo’s controller “desires” that he return to the state post haste. And now it looks like he may be able to finally do that, God willing. None of us can predict anything with certainty, however I wouldn’t be surprised if “something” is announced shortly.

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Why the hell would Florida take on the 9 (?) years Luongo has left on his contract when Markstrom will be ready to take over in the next year or so? It just doesn’t make sense. Fla should just bring Markstrom up and have him split time with Clemmensen. And if he performs well then give him the bulk of the starts. It’s not like the Panthers are in the thick of the playoff race. From the limited starts I’ve seen from Markstrom he’s better than Theodore, so there shouldn’t be a drop off. But giving up solid prospects and potential top picks for an aging goalie, that would stunt the growth of your future goalie, just isn’t a prudent move. Panthers should be sellers anyway.

    • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Friend … nothing will be given up by Florida, apart perhaps from a few “cosmetic” assets which will allow Gillis to save face. As for the 38 million remaining on Luongo’s K after this season? Well it’s all a question of how you want to look at it. Shall it be 38 more years at a million “per” ? .. or perhaps 5 years at 9.5 million per ? .. how about a little invitation to a “spaghetti” dinner which results in the 38 mil “magically” shrinking to 18 mil ? If anything, I can see the Canucks being obliged to package someone like Kesler into the inevitable Luongo dump. The bottom line is that Luongo is headed back to Florida, no two ways about it.

  10. yvrmike - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Florida needs Luongo more than you would ever admit to. What you have here is a stuborn Florida manager that thinks that he can get Luongo for cheap. IT’S NOT HAPPENING DALE.
    Look to see how well Luongo worked out with a young goalie in Schnider. Luongo can bring Markstrom along just the same to teach a young goalie the ropes. If Tallon does not do the trade for Luongo and Markstrom gets lit up a few times – what will happen to his confidence.
    Florida needs to have a quality #1 goalie to bring Markstrom along and Luongo is the only goalie available.
    So if you want Markstrom to end up in the AHL or in Europe dont trade for Luongo.
    The question is which team needs Luongo more Tampa or the Panthers?

  11. indianhead1992 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Dale Talon is a smart GM, probably one of the best, and he will do whats best for this team.

    We shall wait and see!

  12. steverolley - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Everyone saying Florida doesn’t need Lou should really look at the situation

    Florida is in last place in the East
    Florida has made the playoffs 1 time in the last 10 years
    Florida has problems drawing fans
    Florida and Phoenix are the teams everyone says when contraction or re location is brought up

    So it would seem to me if you want keep the Panthers in Florida you should really find a solid goalie and not hold onto hope that an unproven rookie will be ready in two years

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