Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jussi Rynnas Named Lone Star Grille/100 Degree Hockey Player of the Week

Rynnas sets franchise record for saves with 52 stops in San Antonio
(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Every Thursday, 100 Degree Hockey will name the Lone Star Grille/100 Degree Hockey Player of the Week. Lone Star Grille features classic comfort food and Southern dishes less than five minutes from the Cedar Park Center. If you mention the Player of the Week or 100 Degree Hockey on your next visit to Lone Star Grille, your server will take $5 off your order of any two entrees.

So much for easing back in from injury. Despite playing just one game this week, Jussi Rynnas earned the Lone Stars Grille/Player of the Week  honors based on his Friday performance alone. Rynnas got a full workout on Friday, stopping a franchise record 52 shots against the Rampage. He added a win, his 22nd of the season, with the effort.

Rynnas was an unknown for the Stars at the beginning of the season. After the Finn spent a year in Europe, Jim Nill saw fit to pit him against Anders Lindback for the Dallas Stars' backup job. On a one-way deal, Rynnas ended up being the unlucky one, getting sent down to Texas after training camp. He didn't pout or mope like some who've been sent down in the past. On the season, he picked up a 22-6-8 record, which powered the Stars to the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.

Now Rynnas is in an interesting spot. In his absence, Jack Campbell played some of his best hockey in his pro career and is giving head coach Derek Laxdal a tough choice of who to start in the playoffs. Rynnas is in a unique situation as well of being on contract for a second year with Dallas also. Jack Campbell is viewed by many as the goalie of the future for the NHL squad. If Rynnas can grab the reins, can he ride that into the NHL backup job this coming season, ceding the Texas net to Campbell as well?

1 comment:

  1. Well done Jussi! Next year in NHL squad!

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