Predators sign reigning Vezina winner Pekka Rinne to 2-year contract

The Predators have signed goalie Pekka Rinne to a two-year deal worth $10 million, the team announced Saturday.

Rinne, 36, will make $6 million in 2019-20 and $4 million in 2020-21.

The goalie won the Vezina Trophy which is awarded to the best goaltender in the NHL as he went 42-13-4 while posting a .927 save percentage last season.

“Pekka Rinne has been the most impactful player our franchise has ever had, both on the ice as one of the NHL’s best goaltenders, and off the ice as a leader in the community,” Predators president of hockey operations/general manager David Poile said in a release. “Both the organization and Pekka want him to play his entire career with the Predators, and this helps accomplish that objective, while also stabilizing our goaltending for at least the next two seasons beyond 2018-19. We feel the tandem of Pekka and Juuse Saros is among the best in the league.”

Rinne has been limited to six games this season as he was on injured reserve for a good amount of time with an undisclosed injury.

The Predators have the best record in the NHL at 10-3-0 with 20 points through 13 games. They are coming off of a 6-0-0 road trip.