40-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Jose Theodore Contract Information:
Signed with Avangard Omsk of the KHL on a one-year contract in September 2013.
Theodore signed a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL on Friday, sports.ru reports.
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Theodore is coming off a major groin tear that ended his 2013 season and is currently an unrestricted free agent. It's unlikely that the Panthers will bring him back, as they already have Scott Clemmensen as a veteran presence between the pipes. The 36-year-old's playing career looks like it may be over at this point.
Theodore enters camp as the presumptive number one goalie for the Panthers. In 2011-2012, Theodore posted a respectable 22-16 record with a 2.46 goals against average and a .917 save percentage while battling bouts of injury and ineffective play, including a few spotty games in the team's first-round playoff loss to New Jersey. Veteran backup Scott Clemmenson and top prospect Jacob Markstrom will be chomping at the bit to take over should Theodore falter. Theodore's value rides on the amount of playing he'll receive as the season progresses, but don't be surprised to see Markstrom as the Panthers' full-time netminder come season's end. If you plan on adding Theodore to your stable of goaltenders, have a secure contingency plan for the former Hart Trophy winner.
Theodore went 15-11-0 and posted a 2.71 goals against average to go along with a .916 save percentage in 32 games played (29 starts) for the Wild this past season. The former Hart trophy winner will battle veteran Scott Clemmensen in order to become the number one goaltender for the Panthers during the 2011-12 season. Regardless of who wins, expect both to get their fair share of opportunities throughout the season. The upside is limited give his age (he'll be 35 in September) and the rebuilding team he plays for, but there's also value in some leagues if he can garner the better part of the timeshare.
Theodoreís maintained a reputation of being a good - not great - netminder during his 13 years in the league. He started 47 games for Washington last season, but gave way to younger goalie counterparts, Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth. He still has some gas left in the tank. Theodore signed with Minnesota in September and will back up Nicklas Backstrom for the season, likely seeing 15-20 starts for an average team.
Theodore comes into his second and final year of his contract with Washington with a bunch of question marks. He lost his job to Semyon Varlamov after the first game of the playoffs and is battling him now for the number one job. In 57 games he was 32-17-0 with a 2.87 goals against average and .900 save percentage, both which can also be attributed to a defensive unit that is mediocre and was banged up throughout the year. Stay away from him in your draft unless he is named the starter.
Theodore had one of his best seasons in many years with Colorado where he posted a 28-21-3 record with a 2.44 GAA, .901 save percentage, and three shutouts. Huge question marks surrounded his surgically repaired knee prior to the 2007-08 season, but he answered them with a solid year. Similar numbers are possible with the Caps, although he does not have as good of a defensive unit, but has more offensive fire power to help him out. His goals against average may rise be he is definitely a solid number two fantasy goaltender.
Theodore will back up Peter Budaj in net for the Avs.
Perhaps all the drama surrounding Theodore's personal life has affected his game, but he had a solid showing in last season's first-round playoff victory over Dallas. Theodore was not very good against Anaheim - who was? - and his reputation may have taken a hit. That might make him a bargain come draft day. Colorado's blue-liners are not very good, however, which will put some extra stress on Theodore.
Theodore is signed for the next three years and has actually said he doesnít mind the new smaller goalie pads that the NHL is enforcing. As a quick lateral goaltender, Theodore relies more on his reflexes than the size of his equipment. He could win 35 games with a solid campaign and maybe more if everything goes right. Heís hungry to prove Montreal didnít make a mistake by keeping him long term.