Pekka Rinne signs two-year, $6.8 million contract with the Nashville Predators

John Glennon at the Tennessean reports that Pekka Rinne's new contract is for two years, for $6.8 million. $2.8 million will come next season, with $4 million on tap for 2011-12.

It's interesting to see such a short term; apparently this limits the risk on each side, and sets up Rinne for free agency in the summer of 2012. Might that give both sides an out if Chet Pickard develops successfully over the next two seasons, perhaps?

Here are some other contracts goaltenders have been signed over the last year, for comparison's sake:

Roberto Luongo, 12 years for $64 million


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

205

Apr 04, 1979



GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Roberto Luongo 52 2990 31 17 117 2.35 1449 1332 .919 4

Did you see the way he owned Germany last night? I kid, Luongo's one of the few (very few) NHL goalies who is worth a big-time salary.

Cam Ward, 6 years for $37.8 million


Cam Ward

#30 / Goalie / Carolina Hurricanes

6-1

200

Feb 29, 1984



GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Cam Ward 41 2318 14 21 106 2.74 1220 1114 .913 0

Gads, what a bad contract. Cam will need to contend for the Vezina consistently to warrant such a salary (higher per year than Luongo). He's good, but not that good.

Jonas Hiller, 4 years for $18 million


Jonas Hiller

#1 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

193

Feb 12, 1982



GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonas Hiller 46 2642 26 17 119 2.70 1468 1349 .919 2

Hiller has been consistently excellent and is now in his 3rd season with Anaheim. He wrested the #1 job from incumbent J.S. Giguerre, who has since been traded to Toronto. He famously led the Ducks to an upset of San Jose in the first round of the playoffs last spring.

Jonathan Quick, 3 years for $5.4 million


Jonathan Quick

#32 / Goalie / Los Angeles Kings

6-1

223

Jan 21, 1986



GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonathan Quick 55 3302 35 17 139 2.53 1500 1361 .907 2

Los Angeles has struggled for years to find a goaltender they can rely on, and hope that the young Quick (in his 2nd full season) is up to the task.

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