No one has come out and said that Pekka Rinne is in danger of losing his place as the Nashville Predators’ No. 1 netminder, a distinction he has held for a decade.
Then again, no one has to. Peter Laviolette’s actions back in May spoke volumes.
It was one of the more remarkable moments of the 2018 NHL playoffs. Rinne, in the wake of arguably the best season of his career – he won 42 games as Nashville claimed the Presidents’ Trophy – was pulled after he allowed two goals on seven shots in just 10:31 of Game 7 in the second-round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets.
With the season on the line, Laviolette decided 23-year-old backup goalie Juuse Saros gave the Predators their best chance to stabilize the contest and, perhaps, to rally. It did not work out that way. Saros allowed two ...
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