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Nash Daily: Pekka Rinne To TN Hall Of Fame, Latest On Blackhawks Lawsuit

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Photo of Pekka Rinne, right, courtesy of the Nashville Predators

Former Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne grinned from ear to ear as he said, “Every time I come to this city it’s something special” after receiving his plaque as the newest member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena.

If there’s anyone who deserves such an honor, it’s Rinne. The 41-year-old Finn is the Predators all-time leader in games (683), wins (369), goals-against average (2.43), saves (17,627) shutouts (60) and total ice time (39,413:29).

His 2.43 goals-against average also ranks fifth among goalies with 350 or more wins, and his 369 wins are the most for a Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history. Rinne also ranks 19th on the NHL’s all-time wins list.

Rinne’s resume also boasts a Vezina Trophy (2018), a King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2021), four All-Star appearances and two year-end NHL All-Star Team selections.

After retiring from the NHL in 2021, Rinne transitioned into coaching in July 2022 as the goalie coach of the Finnish U20 National Team, Nouret Leijonat, which won silver at the 2022-23 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Rinne was also named a European development coach and scout for the Predators last year — a role he still serves in today.

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Philip Tomasino’s future with the Predators may hinge on his performance in the Calder Cup Playoffs. NHN’s Michael Gallagher dove into what head coach Andrew Brunette and GM Barry Trotz want to see out of Tomasino in his AHL playoff run.

Predators forward Kiefer Sherwood has a strong case for a new contract after his breakout Year, and Vannozzi broke it all down.

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