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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?


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