Rinne was pulled in the 1st period after giving up 2 goals on 7 shots, but despite the poor performance, Predators superstar P.K. Subban defended his teammate.
“Critics that want to criticize him don’t know what they’re talking about, I don’t care if they played in the NHL or not,” Subban said, according to Brady Trettenero of the Nation Network. “He’s the backbone of our hockey club and he’s one of the main reasons we’re here.
“I’m sick and tired of people always talking about him. He’s the backbone of this team. He’s the main reason we’re here. You talk about top goaltenders in the league it’s him, it’s (Carey) Price, it’s (Andrei) Vasilevskiy, it’s (Connor) Hellebuyck, it’s these guys. You’re lucky to have one of them.”
Rinne took responsibility after the game, telling reporters that, “It’s the most important game of the season and I let the whole team down.”
Adding that, “I feel very much responsible for our season ending at this point.”
It’s tough to imagine what Rinne is feeling, but his teammates certainly have his back after a brutal Game 7.
Predators’ Pekka Rinne Activated From Injured Reserve
The Nashville Predators have activated veteran franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne, has been out for around 10 days following a collision with teammate Kevin Fiala, from the injured reserve list, the team officially announced on Wednesday.
In a corresponding move, Nashville assigned Troy Grosenich to the minors.
Rinne, 35, and the team continue to negotiate a contract extension but there isn’t anything imminent regarding those talks, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.
Predators Acquire Nick Baptiste from Sabres for Jack Dougherty
Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.
Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.
Scott Hartnell Announces Retirement
After 17 seasons in the NHL, Scott Hartnell is calling it a career.
Hartnell announced his retirement on Monday by posting the following on his official Twitter page:
Every young kid from a small town across Canada dreams of playing a game in the NHL … I was fortunate enough to play 1,249 of them.
A huge thank you to the Nashville Predators (twice), the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. You are all world class organizations and it was an honor playing for your cities! (Seventeen) years in the NHL was the best job anyone could ever ask for. The games, the fans, the travel, the hotels, the food, the pregame soccer games, are just some of the things that I will always remember and miss. …
Thanks again to my family, friends & all of the fans that cheered for me (and against) along the way. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife Katie and son Wesley. Cheers to the NHL, and the next phase of life!
Hartnell accumulated 327 goals and 380 assists in 1,249 games throughout his career and spent his final season with the Nashville Predators last year.
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