Rinne becomes the first Vezina winner in Predators history. He had previously been a finalist for the award three times in his career.
An eighth-round pick in 2004, Rinne just completed his 12th season in the league, all with Nashville. This was arguably the 35-year-old's best season to date.
Just one year after leading his team to its first-ever Stanley Cup Final appearance, he found a way to up his game.
In 59 games, Rinne went 42-13-4 with a 2.31 GAA and a .927 save percentage. He ranked third in the league in wins and tied for first in shutouts (eight); for netminders with at least 50 games, he ranked first in GAA and save percentage.
With the Predators chasing their first-ever Presidents' Trophy, he was at his best. He went 23-5-1 over his final 29 regular-season appearances.
The Nashville star proved time and time again that he can deny shots in a variety of ways:
Rinne and the Predators were unable to build on last year's playoff success, however. Winnipeg eliminated Nashville in the second round in a series that went seven games.
It may not be the trophy at the top of Rinne's list this season, but it's well-deserved nonetheless.