A surprise guest made an appearance during Saturday’s development camp scrimmage at Centennial Sportsplex. Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne took in some of the action, and afterwards he discussed how he has progressed following off-season hip surgery on May 9.
“It’s feeling good,” Rinne said. “It’s coming along. I got off the crutches and so I’m excited about that. It’s getting stronger and I’m getting my range of motion back and all the movement and flexibility back. It’s a good feeling.”
Rinne played through a hip injury for most of the Predators’ disappointing 2012-13 campaign. While it wasn’t a bad season for Rinne, it certainly wasn’t equal to the standards he has built up in recent years. He finished the season with a 15-16-8 record and 2.43 goals-against average in 43 games.
“I knew it was going to be a long road to recovery, but now I’m feeling really good. I know in the long run it’s going to help me,” he said. “I’m in good moods and [have] a positive feeling.”
When Rinne initially had surgery, a four-month recovery timeframe was given, which would be about Sept. 9. He said he should be ready for training camp, which starts two days later on Sept. 11. Between now and then he will do some rehab in Finland to get closer to 100 percent.
“It’s not only up to me but I’m going to see the doctor who did the surgery on Monday and will know a little bit more. But I’m confident I’ll be ready for the season, no problem,” he said.
While Rinne has been recovering from surgery, the Predators have been active this off-season. Not only did they draft Seth Jones with the No. 4 overall pick, but they made five additions via free agency. Rinne has liked what he has seen from the team.
“It was a crazy first couple days with all the signings and stuff. They did a great job acquiring five new guys,” he said. “I really like what’s happening, I like our team, I like the young guys. I think it’s going to be good.”