Source: Rinne has E. coli infection in hip
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has an E. coli infection in his hip, a source confirmed to ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Reports surfaced that the infection would keep Rinne out longer than the four weeks doctors said he would miss after having hip surgery at the end of October. But the source said the team does not have any timetable for his return beyond what doctors originally estimated.
Rinne had hip surgery in May and recovered in time to start the season. But after a 2-0 loss to Minnesota on Oct. 22, he began to feel soreness in his hip and developed a fever on the flight home. An MRI administered by the doctor who performed the offseason surgery showed the infection.
Rinne was 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in nine games this season. He last played Oct. 22.
A two-time Vezina Trophy finalist from Finland, Rinne is sixth in the NHL with 152 wins since the 2008-09 season and has 30 shutouts since 2008-09, which leads all goalies during that time.
ESPN.com's Scott Burnside contributed to this report.
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