Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Who backs up Pekka Rinne in Nashville is often a moot point. He plays in a vast majority of Predators games having appeared in 43 of 48 games last season and a league-high 73 games the last full 82-game season. So the No. 2 guy isn't called on often. Which might be a good thing because the Predators don't have a lot of experience behind Rinne this season. With no other goalies signed to NHL-level deals the Preds will have to tap into the organizational depth. Coach Barry Trotz made it clear on Tuesday that his backup will be none other than Carter Hutton. This isn't really a revalation as Hutton was signed this offseason and did seem destined to be the backup but it's a bit of a stark reminder. Hutton will turn 28 in December and has just one NHL appearance on his resume a game this past season for the Blackhawks where Hutton stopped 25 of 28 shots he saw. Again this probably shouldn't be a massive concern as Rinne might never leave the net but it shows how thin the margin of error could be for the Predators. Perhaps Hutton is a late-blooming star I don't know but having such little security has to be a little troublesome especially in the event that *knocks on wood* Rinne were to get injured.
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