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Predators reach deal with Rinne for 7 years, $49m @NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract that is the largest in the team's history.

The Predators announced the deal Thursday in a story posted on the team's website. General manager David Poile says the signing is evidence of ownership's commitment to keeping the core intact.

The 29-year-old Rinne was second in voting for the Vezina Trophy and fourth in voting for the Hart Trophy earlier this year. He ranked second in the NHL with a .930 save percentage, third in goals-against average (2.12) and tied for sixth with six shutouts.

He leads the NHL with the most shutouts since 2008-09 and posted his 100th career victory last week.

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