Before Day 2 of the NHL Draft wrapped up, Rangers general manager Glen Sather stayed busy. After dealing Carl Hagelin and Cam Talbot, he was able to find Henrik Lundqvist’s new backup acquiring Antti Raanta from the Blackhawks in exchange for Ryan Haggerty.
The 26-year old Raanta fell to third on the depth chart in Chicago behind Corey Crawford and Scott Darling. Despite that, the Finnish goalie put up solid numbers going 7-4-1 in 14 games with a 1.89 goals-against-average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts. He also went 8-1-1 with a 2.39 GAA, .918 save percentage and two shutouts with Rockford in the AHL.
Originally, Raanta was signed by the Hawks in 2013 after spending his first five pro seasons back home in Finland for Lukko Rauma and Assat Por of SM-liiga. He’s signed for 2015-16 making $800,000 with a cap hit of $750,000. Raanta can become unrestricted next summer.
At the very least, he’ll be a stop gap for the Blueshirts allowing Mackenzie Skapski to spend a second pro year in Hartford after recovering from hip surgery. The Rangers also boast goalie prospects Brandon Halverson and Igor Shestyorkin in the system.