Via Greg Wyshynski – Puck Daddy With the 7-year, $49 million contract extension they announced on Thursday, his 29th birthday, the Nashville Predators have signed Pekka Rinne to the largest deal in franchise history. They’ve also made him the highest-paid goaltender in the National Hockey League for players under contract in 2012-13, based on his
via Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Has there been a more surprising resurgence in the NHL this season than that of Nikolai Khabibulin(notes)? Last year saw the Edmonton Oilers goaltender playing in the shadow of his DUI charges from Feb. 2010, for which he’d eventually spend 15 days in an Arizona detention facility. He played 47 games
Via Dmitri Chesnokov, Puck Daddy Blog – Yahoo! Sports The Nashville Predators played in the inaugural The Baltimore Hockey Classic against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night; an event held to promote hockey in Baltimore, the city that once hosted an AHL team. There are quite a few hockey fans who live in Baltimore and
For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators made the Stanley Cup Playoff semifinals before losing to the Vancouver Canucks. In that series, as he had been during the regular season, goalie Pekka Rinne was their MVP, giving the kind of performances that have earned him a trip to Las Vegas as a
Out of all the NHL postseason awards in 2010-11, the race for the Vezina Trophy has featured Tim Thomas jogging alone with the rest of the League’s top goaltenders about five miles back. The Boston Bruins netminder still leads the League in goals against average (2.03), save percentage (.938) and is third in shutouts (7).
When defenseman Anton Volchenkov left the Ottawa Senators yesterday for a 6-year, $4.25 million-per-season deal with the New Jersey Devils, he left the only team he’s played for in the NHL. In finding a new hockey home, Volchenkov’s main motivation was the length of the deal; the security of a contract given the shot-blocking, physical