Goalie Pekka Rinne's hip surgery and subsequent need of four months' recovery time wasn't the only injury-related news involving the Predators on Thursday.
Center Colin Wilson had a procedure on his left shoulder, similar to the one performed on his right shoulder a few weeks ago. General manager David Poile said the injury was a "subluxation," or dislocation, just like the other. The rehabilitation period for that injury is also four months, meaning Poile expects Wilson to be ready around the start of training camp.
The same was true of Matt Halischuk, who injured his shoulder with about three games left in the regular season.
What does all of this mean as the Predators begin the process of crafting their roster for next season? For starters, it could mean they'll pursue a backup goalie who is capable of playing a No. 1-type role, if necessary in the early part of the season.
Among the potential unrestricted free agents is Mathieu Garon, who is 35 and coming off a two-year deal...