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The Tomas Vokoun Era Ends: Florida Panthers Sign Jose Theodore

Theodore Tomas Vokoun opted for free agency on Friday at noon and the Panthers quickly pounced on a replacement.

Jose Theodore, who went 15-11-3 with the Wild last season, signed a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.

With this goalie tandem, the Panthers are going cheap in net.

Theodore -- he pronunces his first name Joe-Zay -- and Scott Clemmensen will make $3 million between them next season. Clemmensen's cap hit is $1.2 million, but he'll be paid $1.5 million.

Tomas Vokoun made $5.7 million last year all by himself.

Theodore spent nine seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before going to Colorado. Theodore also was with division rival Washington for two seasons before going to the Wild last year.

He's definetely been around.

More as we go.

FLORIDA PANTHERS OFFICIAL RELEASE:

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with G Jose Theodore (joh-SAY, THEE-uh-dohr) on a two-year contract.
 
Theodore joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“Jose is a veteran goalie who has won both the Vezina and Hart Trophy,” said Tallon. “He has played in more than 500 games in the National Hockey League, earning more than 250 wins, and adds depth and experience to our team. Paired with Scott Clemmensen, we feel that we have a solid goaltending tandem for the 2011-12 season.”

Theodore, 34, ranks sixth among active National Hockey League goalies in games played (580) and eighth in wins (260). The Laval, Quebec native earned a Vezina and Hart Trophy during the 2001-02 season while playing with the Montreal Canadiens, posting a 30-24-10 mark with a 2.11 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
 
For his career in the NHL, Theodore has played in 580 games with Montreal (1995-2006), Colorado (2006-08), Washington (2008-10) and Minnesota (2010-11) going 260-232-55 with a 2.69 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has appeared in 51 post season contests with a 19-28 mark and a 2.82 GAA.
 
Throughout his 14-year playing career, Theodore has recorded four 30-plus win seasons, including back-to-back 30-plus win seasons with Washington (2008-10). He was originally drafted by Montreal in the second round (44th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.


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