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A Two-Year Extension For Pekka Rinne

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from Brooks Bratten of the Preds website,

Now that’s a birthday gift.

Seven years after he signed a long-term deal on the day he turned 29, Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has put pen to paper on his birthday once more, inking a two-year, $10 million deal to remain in Nashville through the 2020-21 season.

The only NHL club he’s ever played for, Rinne has expressed his desire before - and especially as of late - to finish his career in the Music City. Now 36, that wish is two more years closer to becoming reality.

Preds General Manager David Poile and Rinne’s camp agreed on term and dollars for a player who, at age 35, won his first Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender. That number is typically the point when goaltenders begin to show noticeable regressions as they get older, not able to perform at the same level as they once did in the prime of their careers.

Not Rinne.

Originally selected by the Predators in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-5 Finn made his first appearance in a Nashville jersey during 2005-06 campaign and has been the go-to goalie for 11 consecutive seasons.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/03/18 at 06:08 PM ET

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