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Predators Sign Pekka Rinne To Seven-Year, $49M Contract

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, makes a stop against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, makes a stop against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract. It will likely keep him with the team for the rest of his career.

It is also the largest contract in franchise history.

General manager David Poile said the signing is evidence of ownership's commitment to keeping the core intact.

The 29-year-old would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Preds said he has emerged as one of the elite goaltenders in the game. Rinne was drafted by the Predators in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Rinne notched his 100th NHL win against Anaheim on Saturday, and also set a franchise record by recording his 22nd shutout.

Rinne was second in voting for the Vezina Trophy and fourth in voting for the Hart Trophy earlier this year. He ranked second in the NHL with a .930 save percentage, third in goals-against average (2.12) and tied for sixth with six shutouts.

He leads the NHL with the most shutouts since 2008-09 and posted his 100th career victory last week.

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