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Pekka Rinne Just Wants To Play

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Even after missing three weeks because of a sprained knee sustained in January, Rinne still started 64 games, a total that only six other goaltenders surpassed last season. He won 41 games and was a legitimate MVP candidate midway through the season, leading his counterparts in wins (29), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.931) at the All-Star break.

Comparatively, the 32-year-old significantly struggled during the second half and playoffs, leading many to wonder whether his workload was to blame.

"It would be an easy game if you could say, 'OK, I'm going to play 60 really good games,' and then (backup goaltender Carter Hutton's) going to play 20 really good games," Rinne said. "It would be easy to say like that, but you never know what (the) situation is going to be during the season. Hopefully, I stay healthy and (am) able to play as many games as possible. Obviously, you want to play. That's the one thing you always want to do — is just play."

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