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Report: Jose Theodore Doesnt Need Surgery

It appears that the Florida Panthers are facing a good news/bad news situation with goalie Jose Theodore, whos suffering from a torn groin muscle from Saturday.

The good news is that he probably wont need surgery, according to Theodores agent (via TVAs L.A. Lariviere). Unfortunately, both Lariviere and TSNs Bob McKenzie report that hell be out at least six weeks regardless.

In other words, whether he goes under the knife or not, it sounds like the 36-year-old netminder will miss most of the regular season (if not all).

This could be a blessing in disguise for the Panthers. Theyve been in a holding pattern in net with highly touted prospect Jacob Markstrom waiting in the wings and many wondering if they might even bring Roberto Luongo back.

Theodore should have plenty of motivation to attempt to play again this season, however. Hell be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and at his advanced age, it might be difficult to land another job without proving hes healthy.

Either way, it sounds like itll be a while before we see Theodore suit up again.

For more on this story visit: James O'Brien, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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