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Stars sign ex-Leafs goalie Rynnas to two-year deal

Jul 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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Looks like Anders Lindback has some competition for the No. 2 gig in Dallas this year.

On Monday, the Stars agreed to terms with former Toronto netminder Jussi Rynnas on a two-year deal, bringing the lanky Finn back to North America after spending last season with Karpat of the SM-liiga.

Rynnas, 27, starred for Karpat last year, leading all Finnish league goalies with a 1.51 GAA and .939 save percentage, posting nine shutouts and 28 wins. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder originally signed with Toronto for the 2010-11 season and spent three seasons between the Leafs and Marlies, making just three appearances at the NHL level.

That Rynnas signed with Dallas shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Stars’ director of European Scouting is Finnish ex-NHLer Kari Takko, who actually brought Rynnas in to Dallas for a free agent visit four years ago.

Last week, the Stars signed Lindback to challenge for the backup job behind Kari Lehtonen. Lindback, who at one point was an RFA this summer, wasn’t qualified by Tampa Bay and went unrestricted on July 1.

  1. pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Looks like Riemer is finally getting his wish

    • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Read this wrong… Thought TOR re-signed him

  2. darksidecowboy - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    With the Stars goalie trio of Lehtonen 6’3, Lindback 6’6, and Rynnas at 6’5 that’s some big goalies int Texas.

    • bildomatic - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Jack Campbell also listed at 6’3″ whom Nill has stated he expects Jack to come into camp and battle for the backup spot as well.

    • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Having big goalies usually means your defense is putrid

      • darksidecowboy - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        No it just means that you have a gluttony of Swede/Finn goaltenders. For example Pekka RInne 6’5. Although I wouldn’t call Jonathan Quick 6’1 or Carey Price 6’3 goalies with putrid defense, maybe it’s just me.

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