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Report: Panthers' Clemmensen has knee surgery

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 12:07 PM / News

NHL.com

Florida Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen is sidelined indefinitely after having knee surgery during the weekend, according to a report in the Miami Herald.

Clemmensen was scheduled to start a preseason game Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars. According to the Panthers, Clemmensen needed to have a minor procedure at Doctors Hospital in Miami, the report says.

The 34-year-old was expected to fight with Jose Theodore for playing time in Florida. With no timetable yet for Clemmensen's recovery, that could still be the case. But if Clemmensen isn't ready to start the season, rookies Tyler Plante and Jacob Markstrom are the top candidates to back up Theodore.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery