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Big step: Rinne heads to AHL for conditioning stint, will play Friday

Feb 26, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT

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Pekka Rinne is set to face game action for the first time in fourth months, as he’ll suit up for Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee when the Admirals take on Iowa this Friday.

Rinne, 31, underwent major hip surgery during the summer and returned to play in just nine games before being hit with a serious bacterial infection. The setback sidelined Rinne on Oct. 22 and he’s missed the last 49 games a result.

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.

Last week, the Finnish netminder returned to practice and was allowed to “amp up” his level of intensity, suggesting a return to game action was close.  That said, Nashville GM David Poile said there’s no timetable for Rinne’s return to the Predators, and head coach Barry Trotz said Carter Hutton would remain the starter in the meantime.

  1. Idaslapter - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Very good news.

  2. wildbillsrodeo - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    No reason to rush him back as the Preds are going nowhere

    • bellicosejeff - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Haha, not a Preds fan I take it?

      The Preds are only 4 points out of a playoff spot. Rinne has missed pretty much the entire season. We’ve relied on two rookies and now Devan Dubnyk (although he’s not helping/playing much) to carry the load…..and we’re still only 4 points out. Rinne, from what I hear is pretty damn good haha. So “going nowhere” can easily change to “making the playoffs and going on a run” if Peks can get back up to speed and help this team a.s.a.p..

      Look I’m by no means saying this team with Rinne is a cup contender. However a team that can manage to be only 4 points out of a playoff spot, playing without a their starting goaltender all season….who just happens to be Pekka Rinne. Well, it’ll be interesting to see what they can do with him.

  3. jdmix - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Just in time for a playoff push! Hell yea

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