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It's been a long journey for Rinne

Updated: February 21, 2012, 10:04 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- You have to go to the sub-Arctic Finnish city of Oulu to begin to understand why Nashville Predators GM David Poile felt confident -- as confident as any GM can be when making the biggest financial commitment in a team's history -- that Pekka Rinne was the right guy.

You have to consider the northern coastal city of fewer than 150,000 when wondering whether Rinne is one of those rare players who will not be overwhelmed -- paralyzed -- by the expectations that always ...

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