On Wednesday Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was assigned to the team’s American Hockey League associate on a conditioning assignment in Milwaukee.
According to the sources – The news was unveiled by Predators general manager David Poile. Rinne last week joined his team-mates for practice for the first time since undergoing surgery for a hip infection on Oct. 24. In 9 matches before leaving the lineup, he had 2.31 goals-over average and .917 save percentage. He was cleared by team doctors for more activity earlier this week.
The Milwaukee Admirals are planned to play face to the Iowa Wild on Friday and the Rochester Americans on Sunday. There is no timetable on Rinne’s return to the Predators. He is just one of two goalies in franchise history to appear in 300 games for the club, and is just 4 victories shy of tying Tomas Vokoun’s mark for most wins by a goaltender.
Rinne has 157 career wins and Vokoun had 161 also, a 2-time Vezina Trophy finalist, is in the second year of a $49M deal extension. The Predators play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena.