Pekka Rinne is Back. Well, he's back for us Milwaukee folk, and if you're a die hard Admiral fan, you know how exciting this is. Voted the greatest Admiral of all time, the 31 year old Finnish netminder is tentatively scheduled to play Friday and Sunday in Milwaukee. Here is the press release from the Milwaukee Admirals.
"Milwaukee, WI– Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that goaltender Pekka Rinne has been sent to the Admirals on a conditioning assignment.
Rinne was beginning to find his groove following offseason surgery, having turned aside 120-of-128 shots to post a 1.60 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in his last five outings (3-1-1) before being sidelined with a bacterial infection on Oct. 23, 2013. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist has been among the League’s elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09, ranking first in shutouts and among the Top 10 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average prior to his current injury. He is one of just two netminders in franchise history to appear in 300 games for the club, and is just four wins shy of tying Tomas Vokoun's mark for most wins by a goaltender. (157; Vokoun, 161).
A season ago, the Kempele, Finland native was named the greatest Admiral in the team’s 35-year history after posting 81 wins, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage from 2005-08. He was a two-time AHL All-Star, won 30 games in a season in 2005-06 and 2007-08, and led Milwaukee to the 2006 Calder Cup Final.
The Admirals have three home games on tap for this week, beginning Wednesday night when they host the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:00 pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Rinne is not expected to be here for Wednesday’s game. "
(Throwback pic courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals)