The Dallas Stars announced today that the team has signed Finnish goaltender Jussi Rynnas to a two-year deal.
As always per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed to the public.
Jussi Rynnas went 28-5-7 with his team Karpat which is a member of the Liiga. He led the league in with a 1.51 GAA and a .939 SV%. He finished his season with a total of nine shutouts, putting him in second place throughout the league. His twenty-eight wins put him in third on the year in the Liiga.
He played three postseason games with Karpat, but found himself struggling and pulled off an 0-3 record with a 2.57 GAA and a .881 SV%.
The 6’5″, 212 pound Finland native played three regular season games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, finishing 0-1-0 with a 3.85 GAA and a .848 SV%. Ouch. He played with the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, for 3 seasons. There he went 31-33-5 with a 2.64 GAA and a .910 SV%. He also had eight shutouts.
He will join the club as the second Finnish goalie behind starter Kari Lehtonen and will most likely play for the Texas Stars if Cristopher Nilstorp walks away from a re-sign with the Stars organization. Nilstorp won the Calder Cup with the Texas Stars this past season.