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Report: Three teams checking in on Jose Theodore

Sep 26, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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Former Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore may not be out of work much longer.

Francois Gagnon of RDS reports (link in French) the 2002 Hart Trophy winner has three NHL teams looking into signing him. Among the possible suitors are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, and San Jose Sharks. All three teams will start the season with questionable backup situations.

In Pittsburgh, Tomas Vokoun‘s absence with a blood clot forces AHL veteran Jeff Zatkoff into the backup role. Nashville has Carter Hutton looking to backup Pekka Rinne while the Sharks have competition between Alex Stalock and Harri Sateri for the No. 2 spot behind Antti Niemi.

Those teams could get by with what they have already as backups, but Theodore provides the kind of veteran know-how coaches are more comfortable with.

There were rumors earlier of KHL interest in Theodore but he’s holding out for a NHL job. He wanted to stay with the Panthers, but they didn’t offer him a new deal and opted to invite Tim Thomas to camp this summer. Thomas is likely to sign with the team once new ownership takes over.

  1. 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    He played good in the postseason in 2012

  2. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    If Mr. T go a chance to make the team in Sunrise, then this guy should be able to get a shot somewhere as a backup in the NHL.

    • ntvd7 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      “I pity the fool that shoots glove side!!!”

  3. maria716 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Not sure how the Pens can sign another goalie unless Vokun is put on LTIR, but they really do need a veteran backup who might (depending on the level of interest from the Preds & Sharks) be willing to work cheap. Except for last season (when he was dealing with injuries) his play & stats are relatively solid. Plus, if he’s hunting for one last contract he could be motivated enough to really challenge for the #1 spot which would force Fleury to either step up or step aside.

  4. jl9830 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I could see the Islanders bringing Theodore. Nabokov was iffy in the regular season and downright bad in the playoff last year, and neither Poulin nor Nilsson is proving to be a dependable #2 at this point.

    • islesjb - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Yeah I was going to say the same thing. Hope the Isles are at least in the conversation here. Going into the season with the plan of using Nabby as hard as last year with Poulin or Nilsson in relief doesn’t seem like a solid plan. I think Nabakov can still be solid if he is used in moderation and hoping that one of our AHL guys can be solid in support is a roll of the dice at best. A Nabby/Theodore tandem would certainly be interesting.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    What ever happened to Ilya Bryzgalov?

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