Originally written November 12, 2011 on Inside Smashville:
Saturday night, Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will play his first home game since signing a seven-year contract extension worth $49 million. Since signing the extension, Rinne has gone 2-0-0 picking up a 3-0 shutout against the Phoenix Coyotes and a  4-2 win against the Ducks Wednesday night.   “It was awesome,” Rinne said Friday after practice when asked about getting the deal signed. “It probably took a couple days to realize and sink in. It is a long time, seven years, but I am more than happy to be here. They have been great to me. It is the same organization that drafted me so I am proud we got it done,” Rinne said. Rinne will be in net on Saturday night when the Montreal Canadiens visit Bridgestone Arena for the Predators 1000th game.    “It is always nice to get home and play in front of your home fans. At the same time, you have to treat it as another game even though it is our 1000th game and first home game after signing the deal, but it is still just another game,” Rinne said.

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