Predators need to look for a goalie

The Nashville Predators might be forced into trading for a goalie as a tourniquet move to stop the bleeding while Pekka Rinne recovers from hip surgery and a related infection.

If the Predators don’t make a deal, they face the possibility that their season is lost in November.

It’s a frustrating situation because it’s impossible to forecast when Rinne will be back. He is scheduled for another review of his status before the end of the month. But the Predators can’t be sure what they will know even then.

Meanwhile, they take a four-game losing streak into tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Since Rinne played his last game on Oct. 22, the Predators have given up three or more goals in eight of nine games. They already have slid 10 points out of a playoff spot.

The best fit for a trade might be with the Anaheim Ducks, who have depth at the position. They have Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth and Frederik Andersen as legitimate NHL goalies, while John Gibson plays in the American Hockey League as their goalie of the future. He’s not that far from being ready.

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