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Poile: Dubnyk trade has nothing to do with Rinne

Jan 15, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

Devan Dubnyk

Following Wednesday’s Devan Dubnyk-for-Matt Hendricks trade, Nashville GM David Poile addressed speculation that Dubnyk’s acquisition was related to the health of injured No. 1 netminder Pekka Rinne.

And by addressing, we mean shooting it down:

 

Rinne, 31, underwent major hip surgery during the summer and returned to play just nine games before being hit with a serious bacterial infection, which has sidelined him indefinitely.

The Preds have been extremely cautious with his rehabilitation, pushing back a number of timetables and set dates to ensure the hip recovers fully and without issue. That said, the Preds announced last week that Rinne was cleared for the next stage in his recovery — weight-bearing exercises — and that they were “encouraged” by his progress.

Rinne wasn’t selected to represent Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, meaning he’ll have the Feb. 9-25 break as time to rehab without missing any games. Nashville has 11 games remaining until the break, and Poile said they’ll soon decide which goalie — Carter Hutton or Marek Mazanecwill serve as Dubnyk’s backup.

  1. clayman61 - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    It will be good to see what he can do with a better group to play behind.. Good luck Devan!

  2. Idaslapter - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I hope this doesn’t have anything with Pekka but it will help the Preds in goal. They have certainly been struggling. Welcome to Nashville, Dubnyk! You are going to like it here.

  3. vanindeed - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Didn’t know Rinne was already 31.

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