Friday, May 10, 2013
Rinne's recovery timeline
By Tom Carpenter
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has been dealing with a hip malady for more than a year, but the pain reached the point recently that he decided to undergo surgery Wednesday to correct the injury, according to the Tennessean's Josh Cooper.
“It’s a little bit of a cleaning up,” GM David Poile said. “It’s probably not much different when you’re doing things with your knee. But there’s a labrum with your hip. There’s cartilage with your hip, and (the doctor) repairs it.”
He has a pretty lengthy recovery time ahead of him, as he's expected to require four months to get over the procedure, but he should be ready for training camp, barring a setback. Rinne clearly struggled during this lockout-shortened season, posting a 15-16-8 record, 2.43 goals against average and .910 save percentage after being a Vezina Trophy finalist the previous two seasons.
A number of elite goalies have undergone the procedure in previous years and returned to high-end form, including Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy for the 2010-11 season after having the surgery the previous summer.