Nashville Predators, Pekka Rinne Sign Franchise Record Deal
Nashville Predators president and general manager David Poile announced today that they have re-signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million deal, which is the largest in franchise history.
"Pekka has grown with our franchise, just recently established our franchise record for career shutouts and is now recognized as one of the game’s elite players,” Poile said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to know that he will be backstopping our franchise for several years to come.” Rinne, who turns 29 today, set franchise records in save percentage (.930) and goals-against-average (2.12) in the 2010-11 season. So far this season, Rinne is first in the NHL in saves (307), second in shots against (333) and third in minutes played (624:37).