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.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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