Thursday, February 21, 2013
Panthers' goalie controversy
From whatever angle, the move doesn't bode well for veteran goaltender Scott Clemmensen. According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, Jacob Markstrom -- just recalled from the AHL by the Florida Panthers -- is in position to replace Clemmensen as backup to No. 1 Jose Theodore.
"... Coach Kevin Dineen said Markstrom will likely start one of Florida's next two games -- either Thursday in Philadelphia or Friday in Pittsburgh. Expect starter Jose Theodore to get the other start ... Although Theodore is still looked at as Florida's starting goaltender, the promotion of Markstrom will likely cut into whatever playing time Clemmensen would have gotten ..."
And if Markstrom plays well, he'll stick around. Considered the future between the pipes for the Panthers, the 23-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. While Clemmensen (35 years old) has a contract year left, Theodore (36 years old) is in the final few months of his deal. So Theodore's future playing career could be affected by Markstrom's promotion as well.