"When (Pekka) got back to Nashville after the plane ride home (Tuesday night), he developed some soreness and stiffness in his hip and had a little bit of a fever," said Predators GM David Poile. "He came into practice (Wednesday) with a significant limp and was in a fair bit of pain. We sent him to Vanderbilt to see Dr. [J.W. Thomas] Byrd who did the operation five months ago. A series of tests and an MRI determined that he has a spontaneous bacterial infection."
Predators backup Carter Hutton will assume the No. 1 role in Rinne's absence, and he'll split time with young netminder Magnus Hellberg, who was called up from Milwaukee of the AHL.
Unless it is determined that Rinne needs significantly more time to recuperate, the Predators aren't likely to make a move for a goalie, or sign a free agent netminder.
Goalies Jose Theodore, Rick DiPietro, Johan Hedberg and Ilya Bryzgalov remain unrestricted free agents.
Instead, Poile is believed to be looking for depth scoring up front, but nothing is imminent.
The Predators are last in the Western Conference and 26th in the entire NHL in goals-for, averaging two per game. Poile has been trying to address the club's offensive game for some time.