Pekka Rinne was basically the only reason why the Nashville Predators were as good as they were this season. Nashville may have finished 16-23-9, but it would have been much worse without Rinne on the ice. He has been dealing with a hip problem for over a year now which makes his efforts this season even more remarkable, but Rinne had surgery this week to fix the hip issue. He will need around four months to recover, but he should be ready to go when the 2013-14 NHL season gets started.
I’m in awe of what Rinne did with this injury. He started the season on fire but cooled off in a big way as the season winded down. He finished the 2013 season with a 15-16-8 record and a 2.43 goals against average. Those numbers were both below his career averages, but I think a lot of that has to be because of the hip problem bothering him.
We are going to see a healthy Rinne on the ice when next season begins, and if the Predators can get some offense during the offseason, I have to believe Nashville will be back in the playoffs. We all know that players go through injuries all the time and play right through them. I’m kind of surprised that he waited this long to have it done, but his pain tolerance must be higher than mine. The only thing that does concern me about this is that Rinne will be 31 years old next season and may take longer to recover. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be ready though, even if it takes five months to recover.