The Florida Panthers have recalled goalie Scott Clemmensen, 36, from their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. The team sent down forward Drew Shore, 22, to make room on the roster.
Clemmensen has been called up to fill in for Tim Thomas who sustained a slight groin strain in the first period of the Panthers 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. After receiving treatment for the injury, Thomas is optimistic that he will not be out long.
“I’m very happy with the progress in less than 24 hours.” Thomas said, “But you don’t want to speculate for one game then miss the cut off. But I don’t think it will be very long if that helps.”
Unless Thomas experiences a setback, the Panthers will not place him on IR. Because Thomas is still taking up a roster spot, the Panthers had to send a man down to San Antonio when they called up Scott Clemmensen. That man ended up being Drew Shore. The 22-year-old played in two of the Panthers first three games, albeit sparingly. Shore, a center by trade has been playing wing on the fourth line, averaging 9:32 per game. In the minors, Shore will be able to play huge minutes while moving back to his natural center position.
“My feeling is he can be a top nine forward and play at the center spot,” Kevin Dineen said of Shore. “I didn’t see that here in the near future. As much as we make decisions on play, this was to keep furthering his development. He’ll log some major minutes in San Antonio. He needs to play some hockey.’
The Panthers likely will not carry three goalies on their roster for more than a week but do not expect to see Shore back with the team anytime soon. Sean Bergenheim
is close to returning from an abdominal injury
and he could be back in the lineup by next week. When Tim Thomas returns and the Panthers go back to having only two goalies on the roster, expect Bergenheim to be the player that fills the open lineup spot.
Scott Clemmensen started the season playing for the San Antonio Rampage rehabbing his knee after undergoing minor surgery in September. “Rehabbing” was also a nice way of saying that Clemmensen became expendable when the Panthers signed Thomas, well not completely expendable, as evidenced by the Thomas injury and the subsequent call up of Clemmer.
Clemmensen played in one game with the Rampage stopping 24 of 25 shots in the teams 3-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs. Once Thomas is healthy it will be interesting to see what the Panthers do with their goalie situation. If they send Clemmensen back to the AHL they won’t be able to hide behind the ‘rehab assignment’ label anymore.
The Panthers are in Tampa Bay tonight to take on the Lightning 7:30 p.m. Jacob Markstrom
is expected to get the start in net.