NASHVILLE – Pekka Rinne may well end his NHL career elsewhere than with the Nashville Predators.
The 38-goalie, who could become an unrestricted free agent on July 28, mentioned on Wednesday that he would not rule out the possibility of signing with another team or retiring.
Rinne has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Predators.
“To be honest, I want to take the time to think about it, take a step back after the season and discuss it with my family,” Rinne said. What do I want to do? Of course I think about it a lot, but I’m not ready to make a decision yet. “
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He did not put a cross on the possibility of joining another League team.
“I’ve always said it’s my team here, and I’m proud to have played for one team. But at the same time, I don’t want to close a door. I don’t want to say something that I will regret. I keep this door open and I will study my options. “
Hair Saros has become the Predators’ starting goaltender this season and is 21-11-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 36 games. He played all six Nashville games in the first round of the playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rinne finished the season with a 10-12-1 record, accompanied by a 2.84 mba and .907 save percentage in 24 games. If he’s back in Nashville, it will most likely be in an assistant role.
Selected by the Predators in the eighth round (258th) of the 2004 Draft, Rinne is 369-213-75 in his career with a 2.43 MBA and .917 save percentage in 683 games. He holds the Predators regular season records for games played, wins and shutouts (60). He also started 89 of Nashville’s 121 playoff games and earned 45 of the Predators’ 54 playoff victories.
“To play at this level, what it takes absolutely is passion,” said Rinne. We know all the work that is required. This is what is most important to me, my love for the sport and the passion, and I feel that I still have both. Then there is my family, who love to see me play. But there are several factors and I try to take into account all the possible scenarios and the few options that may be available. I feel like I have to take my time. I always think about it, but it doesn’t stress me. I feel good. “
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Rinne plans to meet with Predators general manager David Poile in a few weeks to discuss his future. It has been reported that he could sign with Karpat club in La Liiga in his native Finland. Rinne played for three seasons with the team before making the jump to North America in 2005-06.
“I’ve seen the rumors, and it’s the team for my city. It is a possibility, of course. But I’ve been playing in the NHL for so long, and this is where I would like to retire, at the highest level. We’ll see. “
For their part, the attacker Filip Forsberg and the defender Mattias Ekholm each have a season to do in their contract and will have the option of signing an overtime during the offseason. They expressed, on Wednesday, the desire to launch the talks. Forsberg and Ekholm can become free agents without compensation after the 2021-22 season.