The Dallas Stars signed goaltender Jussi Rynnas to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Rynnas, 27, went 28-5-7 in 40 regular-season games with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) last season. He led all Liiga goaltenders with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage, finished second in the league with nine shutouts and third with 28 wins. He appeared in three postseason games with Karpat, going 0-3 with a 2.57 GAA and .881 save percentage.
The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Pori, Finland, has played three regular-season games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, going 0-1-0 with a 3.85 GAA and .848 save percentage. Rynnas also spent three seasons with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League from 2010-13. He went 31-33-5 with a 2.64 GAA and .910 save percentage with eight shutouts in 73 regular-season games.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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