Florida Panthers backup goalie Scott Clemmensen underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week and will be sidelined for three weeks.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he’ll be in the market for a veteran backup for the pre-season.
Free agent options include Tim Thomas, Rick DiPietro, Ilya Bryzgalov, Johan Hedberg and former Panthers starter Jose Theodore.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the Panthers extended a professional tryout offer (PTO) to Thomas. His agent, Markus Lehto, said he’s had discussions with several teams, but added his client wants to be a starting goaltender. The Panthers have already pencilled in Jacob Markstrom for that role.
The Panthers also extended a PTO to Theodore, which he declined, as he’s awaiting a contract.
Source: Lyle Richardson, Hockey News