Scott Clemmensen has been the back up all of his career to Veteran goaltenders such as Tomas Vokoun and Martin Brodeur but, now he has his chance to move out of the shadow and into the light this season with the Florida Panthers. “Will Clemmensen always be a back up in the goaltending shadow or is he something more then a backup?” Those questions shall be answered this season, being that the Panthers goaltending is unsure at the moment. Theodore may be the starter for now but, he is not known for starting 65 plus games a season like Vokoun could. After being the backup to Backstrom all of last season, “can Theodore return to full form?” A lot of goaltending questions are swarming around the Panthers this season but, will those questions be answered by a goaltender named Scott Clemmensen?
Clemmensen is at an age where he is running out of chances to be a top goaltender in the NHL and this might be his last chance, but what must Clemmensen acomplish to be the star goaltender for the Florida Panthers this season? He has to want it more than Theodore, he has to give it all he has got, not just during the game but, during the rest of preseason and practice. Clemmensen needs to show Tallon and Dineen that he wants it more than Theodore. He will give it all it takes to be the Panthers star goaltender, also it would not hurt to learn a thing or two from Theodore, being he has pretty much left his mark in the NHL over his career. To become the starter for the Panthers, Clemmensen must take advantage of all opportunities handed his way, such as, if Theodore was to get pulled during a game, Clemmensen needs to come in and play shut down in the net. To give to the Panthers a chance to comeback and when Clemmensen starts he has to show Dineen that he has what it takes to be a star goaltender the Panthers can rely on to help them make a postseason push!
Now, “what do I think Scott Clemmensen can do for the Florida Panthers this season?” I think that Clemmensen may just have his best season of his entire career, backup or starter because I believe that he has one of the best teams he has ever played with giving him support, and support is everything these days for a goaltender. Like I always say, “you could score 10 goals but, allow 12 or you could allow zero goals but, score zero; my point is, hockey is a team sport and both Offense and Defense must give it all they got every second of every game!” If Clemmensen does do that, give it all he has got, be the best goaltender, practice and play his heart out every chance he gets this season, he will be the Panthers starting goaltender. He will be the goaltender the Panthers look to and say, “Thank You for everything” as they make their way into the playoffs. Clemmensen, in my mind is the type of goaltender that when he sets his mind to something he can get it done and this season he might just be playing for not just the starting job nor the Cup but his career. Now the question is, “which Panthers goaltender wants it more in the end?”, Jose Theodore or Scott Clemmensen?