When Pekka Rinne signed a two-year extension with the Predators last season, some interpreted that as an indication that he’d likely retire at the end of the deal when he’d be 38. However, he told Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean that he hasn’t yet decided whether or not this will be his final contract. Nashville has Juuse Saros as their expected starter of the future and both contracts expire at the same time so it certainly stands to reason that the proverbial torch could be passed at that time although if Rinne wants to accept another pay cut and reduced role, it’s certainly possible that he could hang around for another year or so as a backup.
More from the West:
- Blues forward Robert Thomas will not play tonight due to an upper-body injury, notes Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The injury was sustained in the season opener back on Wednesday and he’s listed as day-to-day. That opens up a spot for Zach Sanford to make his season debut. Meanwhile, NHL.com’s Lou Korac mentions (Twitter link) that winger Sammy Blais was pulled by concussion spotters in that opening game but that he was cleared to return in the dying seconds of the third period so he won’t miss any time.
- The Flames are dealing with a pair of injuries on the goalie front. Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson reports that Jon Gillies, the presumptive third-string option for Calgary, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury while prospect Tyler Parsons will miss several weeks with a lower-body issue of his own. Calgary still has two other goaltenders on an NHL contract to call upon if one of Cam Talbot or David Rittich gets hurt so while they’re a little shorthanded between the pipes, they’re not at a spot where they’ll need to trade for extra depth either.
- The Oilers announced (Twitter link) that they have activated Joel Persson off IR and he will make his NHL debut tonight. The 25-year-old spent the last two seasons as one of the better point producers from the back end in the SHL and should give Edmonton some more firepower from their blueline. In a corresponding roster move, the team has returned defenseman William Lagesson to AHL Bakersfield.