May 9, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne underwent hip arthroscopy surgery on Monday, the Predators announced Thursday.
The club expects Rinne’s recovery period to be four months, and that he’ll be “at full strength” for training camp.
The news is not altogether unexpected, as Preds coach Barry Trotz said a few weeks ago that the 30-year-old had been playing with a “nagging” injury all year.
Rinne appeared in 43 games for the Preds in 2013, finishing with a modest save percentage of .910.
Only five NHL goalies played more minutes than Rinne this season. Only one played more than him in 2011-12.
- Captain no more: Sharks strip Thornton of ‘C’ 0
- Tank defense: NHL changes up Draft Lottery format 17
- Fanspeak: Clarke voted greatest Flyer in franchise history 24
- Different tune: Moore hasn’t settled with Bertuzzi, says brother 23
- Rangers win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes 17
- It’s Philadelphia Flyers Day at PHT 53
- Kovalev compares Subban to Leetch, says he isn’t worth the money 49
- Under pressure: Rick Nash 9
- Wang sells Isles to ex-Caps owner Ledecky 41
- Report: MLSE CEO Leiweke to step down (Update: Leiweke denies move) 6