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Panthers Goalie Decision to Come: Jacob Markstrom Almost Certainly Headed to San Antonio

Scott Clemmensen is expected to be recalled from the Panthers minor league affiliate in San Antonio on Monday after giving up just one late goal off 33 shots in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night.

Clemmensen wanted to play in the Rampage's game Sunday as well but was told by the Panthers head athletic trainer not to.

With Clemmensen coming back, rookie Jacob Markstrom is expected to be sent to the minors – despite his success on the NHL level this season.

Markstrom is in the second year of his entry level contract and can be sent to the minors without having to pass through waivers; Clemmensen is being paid his NHL contract ($1.5 million) in the minors.

Florida could carry three goalies but will not do so.

Clemmensen was vying for the starting job before having knee surgery during training camp. Clemmensen appeared in one preseason game before getting hurt; Saturday's appearance in San Antonio was his first game experience since surgery. He'll start back by backing up Theodore.

“I liked my goaltender [Sunday], I thought he did a good job,'' coach Kevin Dineen said. “[Theodore] is our starter and has done a good job.''

 

 

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