With my day out at the Admirals locker room in hand – I figured it’d be nice to follow up on Jason’s story yesterday regarding the possibility of Pekka Rinne making a return to Milwaukee under rehab conditions.
I’m working on a feature story on Scott Darling at the moment. Being on site, I decided to ask him and Admirals head coach Dean Evason questions regarding Pekka Watch 2014.
“It’s a daily thing with him to see where he’s at. I think there is a possibility that he comes to us at some point to get his game back once he is cleared to play. But, having said that, day-to-day – we don’t know how he practiced today, we don’t know how he is going to practice tomorrow. We’ll just wait and see when that happens, or if that happens, we’ll make our decisions from there.” Dean Evason
AUDIO, Dean Evason on Pekka Rinne in Milwaukee:
“I don’t hear anymore than you guys. Every day I am waiting to show up at the rink and have another goalie here. I’ve been playing pro for four-years this is, I think, my fourteenth pro team. So it’s like I expect everything to happen. Plan for the best. Prepare for the worst. And just see what happens.” Scott Darling
AUDIO, Scott Darling on the day-to-day life of being in goal for the Admirals:
“I’d like to think [Pekka Rinne] would be my backup but, no, I’m just kidding. He’d play. And I don’t know what they would do in that situation. I don’t know if they just healthy [scratch] us or some of us go to Cincinnati. I don’t know what happens, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I would love to back him up a game. It’d be cool to be goalie partners with Pekka Rinne. But we’ll see what happens when the time comes, if it comes.” Scott Darling
AUDIO, Scott Darling on the possibility of Pekka Rinne rehabbing with the Admirals:
The operative term, as has been the case with this story for months now, is wait and see. I certainly feel like the Admirals would be prepared for the move should it happen. The fact that it would be a stint of two-weeks under rehab conditions, and he probably wouldn’t be down for the full extend of the 14 days allotted in rehab conditions, makes it even easier to shuffle bodies around for a short while.
If it were to happen under the current state of the team I feel like Darling probably would be the man sent down to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL to allow him to start games in net – while Marek Mazanec pairs up with Rinne as an understudy for his brief time down in Milwaukee. Just as Darling said though: we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
How do you feel the Predators should handle Pekka Rinne’s return? Would a rehab stint in Milwaukee make the most sense or could he find himself right back in the mix in Nashville? If an AHL rehab stint is in the agenda, who is the more likely candidate to be sent down to the ECHL during that time – Darling or Mazanec?