Rangers acquire Raanta from Blackhawks

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.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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