Pekka Rinne left off Finland Olympic Roster

The Finnish Olympic roster was released today and the three goalies listed on the team were Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars, Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks. 

The Nashville Predators Vezina Nominee Pekka Rinne was not included on the team's roster, certainly do to spending more three quarters of the season on IR. Rinne was healthy for the first 10 games this year but then was put out of action after needing surgery for an infected hip resulting due to his offseason surgery

Rinne is expected to make his return to the National Hockey League before the olympics, and Finland did have the option of naming him to their roster, monitoring his injury status and re-evaluating their decisions closer to the day. At that time they could have left Rinne home and taken one of the three goaltenders listed today.

But the announcement means that regardless of Rinne's health come February 7th, the tender will be staying at home for the Sochi Olympics. The only chance that he joins the roster now is if one of the three selected goaltenders go down between now and the start of the Sochi games. 

This season, Tuukka Rask is 21-9-2 with a 1.96 GAA and a .934 SV%,
Kari Lehtonen is 16-9-7 with a 2.55 GAA and a .917 SV%
Antti Niemi is 22-8-6 with a 2.45 GAA and a .911 SV%

Rinne may have needed to compete with Rask for the starting job, but if healthy would have likely been a shoe in for the team. 

The full Finnish Olympic roster can be found here