Pekka Rinne had an impossible job this season for the Nashville Predators. He had to try to single-handedly carry the whole team with injuries and trades depleting most of the scoring punch the team had. Rinne deserves something for his efforts after this season where he did enough for Nashville to finish 16-23-9. It wasn’t close to enough, but when you are the goalie of a team that scored the second-fewest goals in all of the NHL this season, you can’t expect to stop everything.
Rinne had a 15-16-8 record and a 2.43 goals against average during the shortened season and dealt with a nagging problem all season. I would have to think that the Predators will have better luck next season having their major players back from injury. You don’t want Rinne to have to stop as many shots as he had to this season without more positive results. He finished with 1,002 saves on 1,101 shots and is solidly one of the best goalies in the NHL today.
Nashville is going to need to come up with some more offense around Rinne though for next season. The Predators can’t afford to need their goalie to be perfect every game to get wins so I’m sure there will be a major free agent move made to improve this team’s offense. Rinne got a huge new contract before the 2011-12 season got underway so he is being paid well for his services. I would want more than $7 million a year though if I had to face as many shots as Rinne had to handle this past season.