Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill has announced that the team has signed goaltender Jussi Rynnäs to a one-way contract worth $555,000 in 2014-15 and $575,000 in 2015-16
This comes to many as a surprise, as the expected deal was for Rynnäs to replace Cristopher Nilstorp in Cedar Park but the one-way contract must mean the backup goaltender job is up for grabs between Rynnäs, last week's acquisition Andres Lindback, and highly talented yet injury plagued Jack Campbell.
Jussi Rynnäs, 27, logged a 28-5-7 record with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League, leading all goalies in GAA with an outstanding 1.51 average, while also leading the league in SV% with a .939 total, he also finished 2nd in shutouts with 9, and third in wins with 28.
The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Pori, Finland has appeared in 3 career regular season NHL games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, posting a 0-1-0 record with an .848 SV% and a 3.85 GAA, Rynnäs also spent three season with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, earning a career 31-33-5 record and notching a .910 SV% and a 2.64 GAA with 8 shutouts in 73 regular season games with the Maple Leafs affiliate. In addition to his time in the AHL, Jussi Rynnäs spent part of the 2011-12 campaign with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, posting an 8-5-1 record with a .914 SV% and a 3.21 GAA with 1 shutout in 14 games.
The best thing about the signing of Jussi Rynnäs is the depth in the backup goaltending position, joining the aforementioned Lindback & Campbell, at a relatively cheap price. Rynnäs is a big, tall beast in the net, not allowing many pesky rebounds and is consistent enough to rely on when Kari Lehtonen is fatigued or injured, which as hard as it is to accept, is obviously inevitable.