Predators.com is reporting that The Predators have signed Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract which is the largest in franchise history. Already in 2011-12, Rinne has recorded his 21st and 22nd shutouts, moving into first on the franchise’s all-time list. His record-breaking 22nd shutout on Saturday against Anaheim was also his 100th career victory.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said “Today’s signing is further evidence of our ownership’s commitment to keeping our core intact, This is the first step of a process designed to retain our key players and leaders. 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. We’re thrilled to know that he will be backstopping our franchise for several years to come.”
- Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun discusses how the potential Divisional Realignment in the NHL comes down to the Owners
- Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports wonders if an alliance between The Flyers and Penguins can thwart NHL’s realignment plans.
- Cnnse.com talks with Michael Felger (98.5 Sports Hub in Boston) about how he is excited about the future realignment of the NHL.
- Tampa Bay Lighting Right Winger Mattias Ritola has cleared waivers according to Tampa Bay Twitter. The 24 year old has played in 5 games for Tamapa Bay registering no goals or assists and posting a -2 +/-
- Bob McKenzie reports on Twitter that Matt Kassian has cleared waivers and Buffalo Sabers has placed Paul Szczechura on waivers.
- According to Brent Wallace twitter [@tsn_wally] Daniel Alfredsson will be tested on Sat and if he passes he will be cleared to play but if he hasn’t skated by then won’t be playing right away.
- Blueshirts United talks about Sean Avery practicing with the Rangers on Wednesday, one day after clearing re-entry waivers and officially being recalled by the team from the Connecticut Whale.
- Ryan Johansen will stay with the Blue Jackets according to general manager Scott Howson who tweeted “We have decided to keep Ryan Johansen through the 10-game threshold.”
- Sean Avery cleared re-entry waivers on Tuesday and might be back in the New York Rangers’ lineup Thursday night. [Detriot Free Press]
- Defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended five games by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for delivering an elbow to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog during Friday’s game. [Detriot Free Press]
- Martin Brodeur said he is healthy and ready to return. When he actually does, though, is still to be determined. The Devils goaltender, who suffered a bruised shoulder three weeks ago, could be between the pipes tonight when New Jersey faces the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Detriot Free Press]
- According to Pat Leonard of NY Daily News there is still give no word on when injured defenseman Marc Staal will return to the N.Y. Rangers.