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Clemmensen signs two-year contract with Panthers

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 12:12 PM

By Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

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Clemmensen signs two-year contract with Panthers

The Florida Panthers secured the services of a goaltender Sunday, but it wasn't Roberto Luongo.

Florida and Scott Clemmensen have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the team announced. He played in 30 games for the Panthers last season, posting a 14-6-6 record with a .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average. He also appeared in three of Florida's seven playoff games.

“Scott is a high-character, hard-working player who is a true professional in every sense,” general manager Dale Tallon said on the team's website. “He stepped in and played very well in some tough games for us last season, including recording wins against Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Jose, Washington and Philadelphia. We are very pleased to have him back with our club and look forward to his continued contributions to our organization both on and off the ice.”

Jose Theodore
, who was Florida's No. 1 goalie last season, has one year left on his contract. The Panthers reportedly have been one of the teams interested in acquiring Luongo from Vancouver, who could be traded by the Canucks this offseason after sitting in favor of Cory Schneider at the end of their first-round playoff series against Los Angeles.

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