Free agent goaltender Jose Theodore has made it clear that returning to the Florida Panthers is his top choice, but with little progress being made on that front, it looks like Theodore may be close to signing with the Boston Bruins.
The soon to be 37 net minder recently told the Sun-Sentinal, “The Panthers are still my No. 1 choice. I don’t know if the door is closed, but there’s been no discussions.” Theodore’s interested in the Panthers has not been reciprocated and at this point the Panthers appear to be moving forward with the goalie tandem of 23-year-old Jacob Markstrom and veteran Scott Clemmensen.
Theodore struggled last season with the Panthers playing in 15 games before a torn groin ended his season. His play prior to the injury was underwhelming and he finished with a 3.29 GAA and a save percentage of .893. The rough season has scared off many of Theo’s free agent suitors but it is only a matter of time before somebody locks up his services, “My injury last year hurt my value with me not finishing the season, but look at just two years ago when I played  games and we finished first in our division,” Theodore said, clearly aware of his situation.
Perhaps Theo’s quotes struck a chord with the Bruins, or maybe the team just balked at the idea of moving forward with the lightly used Chad Johnson as their backup, but whatever the reason, Jose Theodore could be close to singing with the yellow and black. (Personally I think Theordore’s display of cat like agility at the Rogers Cup Tennis Final is what really sealed the deal….I mean he didn’t spill a…single…drop…of…beer!!!) According to TVA Sports, Theodore’s deal would be for one year and would fall in the $800,000 to $1 million range.
There has been some conflicting information regarding Theo to Boston so at this point we cannot be sure if it is a done deal or not. NHL insider Bob McKenzie tweeted (from vacation no less!) that there is zero truth to the reports. Theodore’s agent Don Meehan corroborated McKenzie when he told Stephen Whyno that there is “no truth” to the reports.
These situations are funny, we could be hearing denials up until the point that the deal gets officially signed then all of the sudden people will change their tune. Or maybe they are right and Jose Theodore to Boston is just a load of baloney. The deal makes sense for the Bruins, the price is completely reasonable for a player of Theodore’s ability and experience and while he may no longer be starting goalie material he will make a fine backup.