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Report: Rinne likely out until around Christmas with infection

Nov 5, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

Awful news surfaced regarding Pekka Rinne‘s hip infection on Tuesday, as Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that the $7 million goalie’s issue could keep him out until around Christmas. The original prognosis was it would sideline him for a month, but now it’s looking like six-to-eight weeks.

Kypreos reports that it’s a very dangerous E. Coli infection. Here’s video (Rinne’s bit starts around the 2:30 mark):

(Keep in mind this is just a report, though a reasonable one since we already know he has a bad infection.)

At the moment, the Predators are rolling with an inexperienced duo of Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg in net. Time will tell if this longer injury prompts GM David Poile to seek a more proven asset either through trade (did someone play Ryan Miller‘s theme music?) or free agency (word is that Ilya Bryzgalov is still seeking NHL employment).

It’s already a tough time for the Predators.

They’re two games into a seven-game road trip and play seven of their next eight away from Nashville. Maybe the franchise will use that as a trial-by-fire for their young goalies, then?

PHT will update if there are any contrary reports, as so far it’s just Kypreos passing along this bad news.

  1. storminator16 - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Hutton hasn’t looked bad. Poile isn’t looking to pull a trigger on a trade.

  2. titansbro - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    7-5-2 without him, it wouldn’t be prudent to give up too much more a goalie when they’re doing okay without him. They’re loaded with defenseman so I think they can tread water until he gets back.

  3. vshehane - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Good luck Pekka. Hope for a speedy recovery.

  4. esracerx46 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I thought e. Coli was always a food thing. Didn’t know you could get it in your hip.

  5. devilsarethebest - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Any injury to a player is bad, but this really sucks as I’ve always wanted to watch him live and finally got tickets to a game vs. Nashville right by their net. Oh well, and speedy recovery for him.

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