Former Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore on his plans for the coming season, and ongoing speculation over Ales Hemsky’s trade status.
SUNSENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov spoke with former Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore, who hasn’t heard from the Panthers, as they intend to start the season with Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen as their goalie tandem.
Though Theodore isn’t fully closing the door on the Panthers, he also claimed he’s had interest from two other NHL clubs. Fialkov suggests Theodore might have to accept a backup role. For now, Theodore intends to remain patient.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Theodore could get a contract offer in September leading up to training camp, or perhaps a training camp invitation, from teams with questionable goaltending like Calgary, Edmonton and the NY Islanders.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon reported on Ales Hemsky’s awkward spot with the Edmonton Oilers, noting the trade rumors which have dogged the winger for some time. Yerdon wonders if this could be the season the Oilers finally move him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said before, the combination of Hemsky’s salary ($5 million), his injury history and the decline of the salary cap makes it very difficult to move him this summer. Unless the Oilers are willing to absorb part of Hemsky’s salary, the earliest they could move him could be midseason, when they’ve paid out half his salary.