If you believe a story printed by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, new Rangers backup Antti Raanta was upset with how the Blackhawks treated him this past season. In a story that appeared on a Finnish site, Raanta revealed that he hoped his team would lose in the playoffs. He even hinted at wanting a Predators sweep.
Raanta was unsatisfied with how Chicago coach Joel Quenneville handled him. Raanta lost the backup job to journeyman Scott Darling, who became a folk hero after helping the Hawks defeat Nashville in the first round.
As for the validity, who knows if it’s true? The article has since been taken down. When it comes to such stories, it’s hard to figure out what really was said. Especially when it comes to European press. Quotes can be taken out of context. Even if the translation doesn’t look good for Raanta who has since relocated to Manhattan in a off-season deal for Ryan Haggerty. He’ll come in and back up Henrik Lundqvist. As long as he performs well, nobody will care.
At least Raanta won’t get the start on Opening Night when the Blueshirts visit the Blackhawks when they raise their Cup banner.