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Clemmensen’s future is uncertain as rehab begins

Oct 4, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 23, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Panthers 2-1.
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Florida Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen underwent a minor surgery and will take part in a few rehab starts in AHL San Antonio after clearing waivers. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.

The Florida Panthers have signed Tim Thomas, so Clemmensen’s road back into the Panthers’ roster seems to be blocked. It’s always possible that the Panthers will chose to send 23-year-old Jacob Markstrom back to the minors, but that would be counterintuitive given that Thomas is suppose to mentor the younger goaltender.

“As of next Monday, our management staff will sit down and talk about what’s best for our team,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen told the Miami Herald.

“We expect our goaltending to be a strength this year. But this is all talk. Let’s play and let things sort themselves out.”

It’s worth noting that just because Clemmensen cleared waivers doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no interest in him. He’s still a solid backup when healthy, but his $1.2 million cap hit might have been the sticking point at this early stage of the season. If Florida want to move him, they might be able to if they agree to retain a portion of that cap hit.

Clemmensen is 36 years old and in the final season of his contract, so if he gets little to no playing time in the NHL this season, it might be particularly hard for him to earn a new one-way deal over the summer.

  1. hubeydubeydoo11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Sorry Clemmy but i think your time in Florida is up…Its been interesting to say the least but you always knew how to make us Florida fans be on the edge of our seats. I personally think teams like Calgary or Pitts maybe some trade partners for him. Calgary does need a goalie with a little bit more experience the JoeyMac. And the penns lost Voukoun for a long time so maybe Clemmy can fill in for a couple months. Not sure what happens but Clem needs to be traded away sadly

  2. 950003cups - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Clemmensen was great when he filled in for Brodeur in 2009. I think he still has a lot of wins left in his tank. Hopefully he gets healthy and signed.

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