Joshua Cooper from the Tennessean Newspaper just tweeted out that two Predators have had surgery this week.
The first one, Colin Wilson had his left shoulder operated on. According to Cooper it was the same procedure he had done earlier in the offseason. His shoulder became messed up when he took a hit into the boards the wrong way, and since that time he’s been inactive for the Predators.
The second one, Pekka Rinne had a hip arthroscopy surgery done on his left hip (or I guess the left side of his hip). The timetable for his recovery is right around four months, which would put him right around training camp. This puts a bigger emphasis of need on the goaltending situation, we need a backup who can handle a sizable workload in case Pekka needs either more time to recover, or needs rest during the season. Don’t dwell too much on this, both Niklas Backstrom and Tim Thomas have had hip surgeries as goaltenders, and both turned out just fine afterwards. It just took the recovery time a bit longer for Backstrom.
The other news coming from Poile (as reported by Cooper) is that Brandon Yip is over his knee issue, and Gabriel Bourque is skating again. You may remember Bourque was shut down earlier in the year to have surgery, along with Wilson and Gaustad. Which prompted the Predators into having a youth movement late in the season. In terms of Gaustad, both he and Matt Halischuk are expected to be ready by training camp.
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