A few minutes ago, the Nashville Predators placed goaltender Devan Dubnyk on waivers.
Acquired by trade in mid-January, the former Edmonton Oilers netminder made just two starts for Nashville, both losses.
The return and recovery of goaltender Pekka Rinne means the Predators would have three healthy goaltenders on their roster, and the poor play of Dubnyk and emergence of (soon-to-be backup) Carter Hutton makes Dubnyk the odd-man out.
Waivers today: Kobasew (PIT), McLaren (TOR), Larsen (EDM), Dubnyk (NSH).
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 3, 2014
This move assures that Rinne will, at the very least, suit up in Predators gold and sit as backup for their game on Tuesday. With nothing but good news about the Finnish goaltender coming out the last two weeks, don’t be surprised if Rinne is between the pipes to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7:00 p.m. CST, at Bridgestone Arena)
UPDATE: Predators confirm Rinne will start on Tuesday, his first since October of last year:
Pekka Rinne expected to start for @PredsNHL tomorrow vs. Pittsburgh.
— KWilsonPreds (@KWilsonPreds) March 3, 2014