29-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Jussi Rynnas Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with Ak-Bars Kazan of the KHL in June 2015.
Rynnas was placed on unconditional waivers by the Stars on Thursday, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
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Rynnas came out of nowhere to grab a two-year, one-way contract with the Stars shortly after they acquired fellow netminder Anders Lindback. Rynnas is going to get a good shot at the job behind starting netminder Kari Lehtonen and has to be considered the favorite there -- after all, he's the one with the two-year contract. Still, he's a risk to draft because the job isn't settled. But he could prove valuable when -- not if -- Kari Lehtonen sits out with another injury.
Rynnas is talented enough, but, like Jonas Gustavsson before him, he's not a great fit with the Francois Allaire style of puck blocking. He should be the Marlies' starter in the AHL this season, but Rynnas future success will be tied to the length of Allaire's contract as the Leafs' goaltending guru.
Rynnas has the twinetending superfecta -- big, athletic, quick feet and Finnish. And it's that combination that's going to have him pushing for an NHL job in a couple of years. He was foiled last season by a broken finger in the second half last season and upstart goalie Ben Scrivens' strong play in his place kept Rynnas on the bench even after the latter returned from the IR. We're got saying he's going to be the next Pekka Rinne. But he and Ben Scrivens will battle it out for time in the AHL and one of the two could end up as the back-up in Toronto by the end of this season or next.
Rynnas has NHL starter written all over him. He's 6-5 and 205 pounds but looks even bigger because of an extremely wide stance between the pipes. He comes equipped with NHL quickness already and will battle James Reimer for starts in the AHL. One of them will emerge as the next one and it could easily be this talented Finn. He should be on your long-term radar. A strong year in the A and he could be the back-up for next year's Leafs.