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November 9, 2011 | 10:39am ET
Markstrom might cause trade in Florida

Panthers veteran goalie Scott Clemmensen has returned from knee surgery and GM Dave Tallon needed to make room on the roster for him and Jose Theodore.

On Monday, the Panthers sent young rookie Jacob Markstrom back to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

"It's never easy," Tallon told ESPN. "I think we were thinking we're going to be conservative and make sure what's best for him long-term. If he's going to be a No. 1, he's got to play No. 1 minutes."

However, during Markstrom's five-game tryout, in which he went 2-2-1 and registered a .944 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against-average, the team's estimated timeline for the 21-year-old increased significantly.

According to ESPN, the next time Markstrom plays for the Panthers it is most likely for keeps, speculating the potential trade of a netminder to generate an opening for the rookie.

Theodore signed a two-year, $3 million deal in July and holds a no-trade clause. However, Clemmensen is currently in the last year of his contract and could eventually be included in trade talks to solve the three-goalie issue in Florida.

In the meantime, Tallon maintains that he doesn't want to rush the young Markstrom, keeping him with the Rampage where he will play bigger minutes.

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