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Theodore and Panthers not talking about a new deal

Florida Panthers v Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 02: Jose Theodore #60 of the Florida Panthers walks out to the ice before the start of a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on March 2, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Theodore left the game in the first period with an injury and the Hurricanes won 6-2. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Florida’s goaltending situation would seem to be settled with Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen. That news doesn’t bode well for last year’s No. 1 guy Jose Theodore.

Theodore spoke with Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel and said things aren’t going great to return to Florida this season.

“The Panthers are still my No. 1 choice. I don’t know if the door is closed, but there’s been no discussions,” Theodore said. “Training camp is still a month away, so I’m not ready to think about [retirement].

For what it’s worth, Theodore is keeping a positive outlook on things comparing this to when he seemingly, out of the blue, signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2010. That said, if he’s banking on staying in Sunrise with the Panthers, he might be waiting a long time for a phone call.

GM Dale Tallon has essentially said they’re moving ahead with Markstrom as their top guy and with Clemmensen still there to provide relief, they’re not in any hurry to overcrowd the crease. Even with questions about whether Markstrom can live up to the hype, Theodore might want to consider locations other than South Beach.

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