Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne hoped a healthy summer and a strong training regimen would yield results for next season.

His offseason will also involve playing hockey at the world championships.

Rinne, who missed 51 games this season after surgery for a hip infection, will play for Team Finland in the worlds, which begin May 9 in Minsk, Belarus. The Predators approved of their No. 1 netminder's decision.

"It's a great sign that he'll be getting more game action," general manager David Poile said. "Because of the time he missed, he didn't get to play enough hockey this season, so he's still eager to play. His health is good and playing in the tournament bodes well for the future."

Rinne had hip arthroscopy in May, but he returned to start the regular season. He played in only a handful of games before an infection required more surgery in October.