The Nashville Predators were looking for a bounce back season. But, for that to happen Nashville needed Pekka Rinne to stay healthy. That has not happened. Rinne has played in nine games this year, but that may be all he gets to play in.
Unfortunately for the Predators Rinne has not been able to stay in the lineup. After undergoing hip surgery over the off-season Rinne has been sidelined by a bacterial infection in his surgically repaired hip. Today the Nashville Predators sent out a press release on Rinne’s status. The infection was addressed with arthroscopic hip surgery on October 24. Earlier this week Pekka had an MRI done to further evaluate his recovery.
There have been no setbacks – and we and the doctors are thankful they have identified the infection – so now it is simply a matter of time for recovery and allowing treatment to take its course. Predators.NHL.com
It is still unclear if Rinne will be able to come back to the Predators this year, but in their press release the Predators do say he will stay on crutches and antibiotics for a few weeks. Rinne will have a follow-up MRI at the end of the month.
For the Predators this recover is about more than this season. Rinne is under contract until 2018-2019. If you factor a healthy Rinne with the young upcoming stars of the Predators the teams future looks bright.