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.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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