Rinne re-signs with Predators.

The Nashville Predators today announced the re-signing of goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract, the largest in franchise history. The deal is worth an average cap hit of $7 million per season, and will begin in 2012-13. He’s currently in the final year of a contract paying him an average cap hit of $3.4 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A heavy investment indeed for the Predators, but given the record of the 28-year-old goaltender, one which should be well worth it. Last season, he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, and was named an NHL Second Team All Star. Now, the focus turns to defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.