Pekka Rinne will be the Nashville Predators’ starting goalie next season, but he might not receive quite as many starts as he did this past season.

Preds general manger David Poile, speaking on Monday, said he thinks goalie Juuse Saros “needs and deserves” more starts.

Poile also mentioned the “evolution of the team” when discussing Saros potentially receiving more starts.

Rinne is entering the final year of a seven year deal. There’s no guarantee the Predators will want to bring the soon-to-be 36 year old goaltender back after next season. Especially when they have his heir apparent already on the roster.

Of course, I wouldn’t be so quick to write off Rinne simply because of his lackluster post-season.

Rinne, who went 42-13-14 while allowing only 2.31 goals per game during the regular season, went 7-6 while allowing just over 3 goals a game during the post season.

Obviously there was a steep decline in play during the playoffs for Rinne, but he played against one of the best teams in the NHL in the second round. Sure, the results weren’t great. No one can argue against that point. But it would be silly to judge Rinne on a 13 game stretch in the playoffs after his sensational regular season.

I think it’s obvious that Poile is keeping an eye toward the future with his plans for Saros. But I also think the Preds will wait and see how things play out next season before they make any plans for Rinne and Saros beyond 2018-19.

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