REPORT: Hellberg called up; who’s hurt?

According to a Fox 6 television report in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Admirals netminder Magnus Hellberg has been called up to the Nashville Predators. In the report, it shows Ads' head coach Dean Evason giving Hellberg the big news in his office after practice. You can see it below.

The Nashville Predators have not yet confirmed the transaction, but should do so Thursday morning before morning skate for preparation to play the Winnipeg Jets. Through three games this season with Milwaukee, Hellberg has a 1-2-0 record, 2.23 goals against average, and 0.913 save percentage. 

Why he is being called up is unclear right now. According to Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean, backup goaltender Carter Hutton was on the ice for practice Wednesday, so that leads me to believe Pekka Rinne is not one-hundred percent. Rinne, who underwent hip surgery last summer, was not at practice. The Kempele, Finland native has already played in nine games with a 4-4-1 record, 2.31 GAA, and .917 save %. Arguably his best game in the season thus far was in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild where he made twenty-seven saves.

If Rinne did happen to reaggrivate his hip, it is going to lead everyone to believe his competitive spirit rushed him into the lineup before his body was ready — which isn't smart long-term.