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With Pekka Rinne Out Could the Nashville Predators Use a Netminder?


The list of teams interested in Ryan Miller seems to be growing everyday. Between the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues there are no shortages of teams rumoured around Miller. Another team that may be placing a call to Darcy Regier is the Nashville Predators who are now without the services of Pekka Rinne for the next 8 weeks.

Pekka Rinne has been diagnosed with an E-Coli infection in his recently surgically repaired hip and will miss anywhere between 6-8 weeks. While Carter Hutton has been holding down the fort fairly well with Rinne on the shelf, can the Predators survive in the West without a legitimate number-one goalie? With Rinne now out longer than expected and the Predators in a tight battle for the playoffs in the West, chances are they’re looking to add a goaltender.

Rinne is under contract with the Predators until 2018 so acquiring Ryan Miller now would make him a rental, but it would give them the goaltending to maintain pace in the West while Rinne heals. Sending Miller to Nashville would get the netminder out of Buffalo- and his heart has already left and Miller would no longer be Buffalo’s problem. Since he would be a rental netminder, he would be able to play out the rest of his contract with Nashville and then find a home wherever he chooses through free agency this summer. Regier should be able to land either a prospect or a pick for Miller and both the Predators and Sabres walk away happy.

If Miller does end up in Nashville and backstops them back into the playoff picture they will have two stellar goaltenders ready for the postseason in Miller and Rinne. They also won’t have to worry about rushing Rinne back with Miller between the pipes. Would Ryan Miller help the Nashville Predators open crease issue right now? Could you see the Predators acquiring Ryan Miller to fill the need while Pekka Rinne is out?

 

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

    • erico

      craig smith / colin wilson / forsberg + 1st round draft pick

      • James Summerlin

        And that’s why Miller won’t be in Nashville.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Just a hair too much

      • tn_dude

        you’re either an unfunny comedian or a trick in idiot…the jury is still out…

  • James Summerlin

    I’d take Ryan Miller, but the price for him would be to high in my opinion. Play GM for a bit. What would you want from the Preds for Miller?

  • qwicwted

    Since Renne went out I thought Nashville was the most likely place for Miller to go. Aside from that, his buddy Gaustad is there so he’ll be happy. But, it just makes the most sense although I don’t really see a player that interests me except Forsberg or Budish but most likely I think we’ll end up with a deal similar to the Gaustad deal. Thing is, Nashville will have to free up some cap space so Bflo will most likely have to take some $ back also.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I completely forgot about Gaustad being there and they were good friends.

  • jimbobv2

    If Rinne were done for the year, maybe.

    But, I can’t see them giving up much to rent Miller until Rinne is healthy.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      yeah, if Rinne takes longer to heal then expected possibly but Miller as a rental wont land a huge return

      • jimbobv2

        Rinne being done for the year would give the Preds motivation to rent Miller like an average UFA rental, which might be a little more than just getting him for a month or two and then hand the job back to Rinne.

  • davidmuscalo

    Miller for a prospect or a pick – are you serious? I’d let him walk into free agency for nothing than pick up another useless prospect or pick. We have enough of those losers right now.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      We know Regier is sold on rebuilding through the draft so Picks and prospects is what he wants and what the Sabres will continue to receive

  • tn_dude

    as a preds fan i’ll ride out carter hutton until peks returns…we have a history of goalies arising when the need is there…

    • Caitlin Campbell

      fair enough

  • Dano

    Trade miller for a bag of pucks. Just get it over and done with already. :D

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree that this deal needs to hurry up and happen

    • BryanD

      If he did go there he wouldn’t have to change his equipment..just sayin