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Panthers’ Jose Theodore returning Friday?

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Florida Panthers rookie goaltender Jacob Markstrom is getting knee surgery and will be out indefinitely after hurting himself at Saturday's practice.

"You can't look back and be sad," Markstrom said, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. "You just have to look forward and try to get back as quick as possible."

For Panthers fans, though, looking ahead means there will be another man between the pipes and it could be Jose Theodore. He skated on the ice before Tuesday's practice for the first time since going down with a knee injury and he plans to skate again Wednesday and Thursday, the paper reports. Though Theodore is still recovering, coach Kevin Dineen did not rule out having him back for Friday's game.

Goalie coach Robb Tallas isn't planning on rushing Theodore back, though: "You can't do that," he said, according to the paper. "It's a small injury and you don't want to make it serious. You do the right steps to make sure [Theodore] is 100 percent. [Scott] Clemmensen is a great goalie, and everybody has 100 percent confidence in him to carry this team right now."

 

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