Just when you thought all was lost and we were without hope, the Predators gave their fans great news. Goaltender Pekka Rinne will be back and will start in net against the Penguins on Mardi Gras. (Why, yes. This New Orleans resident did manage to slip in a Mardi Gras reference in a hockey blog.) Could this give the Preds a momentum boost in the quest to get to the playoffs? As we ponder on that, let’s move to Predlines’ brand new segment: Predlines Headlines.
- Pekka Rinne is back, meaning the Predators had one goaltender too many. After Devin Dubnyk did not live up to expectations in net, Nashville put him on waivers. If Dubnyk does not clear waivers, he could be sent to Milwaukee. And before you throw David Poile under the bus for Dubnyk’s performance, remember that the purpose of the trade was more to get the Matt Hendricks contract out of the Nashville system rather than bringing in goaltending help. Dubnyk was a crapshoot and he didn’t work out, but the Predators were hoping to get more NHL experience in net. It didn’t work like fans hoped it would, but it was not a failure by any means.
- Speaking of goalie controversy, the Vancouver Canucks had some issues during the Heritage Classic. In the game, head coach John Tortorella started netminder Eddie Lack in goal, rather than usual starter Roberto Luongo. Luongo felt disrespected, considering he could not participate in an outdoor game. Torts defended his position, stating that the goal is to win games heading into the playoff race, even though the Heritage Classic is a special event. It stinks that Luongo doesn’t get the nod, but it stings more for the goaltender that the Canucks lost to the Senators, 4-2 (But that’s good for the Predators). – Puck Daddy
- In signing news, the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with Brandon Bollig for a contract extension. The three-year extension will give Bollig $1.25 million a year.
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