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Chicago Blackhawks Trade: Antti Raanta Headed To New York Rangers

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks have made a trade and it doesn’t include the names Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg or Bryan Bickell.  The first trade following the Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup is Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers for Forward Ryan Haggerty.

The Raanta move was expected during the trade deadline, but it didn’t happen and for that Antti Raanta will have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup when the names get put on later this summer.

The reason Raanta became expendable was the play of Lemont Native Scott Darling who as we all know played exceptional in the Nashville Predators series after Corey Crawford came late to the party in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  While Corey Crawford won back his net in Game #6 of the Predators series, the Chicago Blackhawks brass were now confident that they have their back up for a long time in Darling.

Antti Raanta made 39 appearance in his Chicago Blackhawks career going 20-9-5 with a 2.41 Goals Against Average a .912 save percentage.  Raanta has good back up goalie skills with some unorthodox moves, but it seemed very unlikely that he would ever be a #1 goalie in Chicago and looked to be third in order.

The good thing for Raanta to get move is that he should be back in the NHL backing up Henrik Lundqvist in New York.  Raanta always  seems to have a huge smile on his face which was very encouraging after he was sent down to the AHL to get some work which really wasn’t true when Michael Leighton was given most of the starts in the Rockford Ice Hogs trip to the playoffs.

I must admit I was always squirmish when Raanta was in net because of his style, but he was exceptionally good at the United Center where he never lost a game in regulation.

The Chicago Blackhawks in the trade get AHL forward Ryan Haggerty who had 15 goals and 18 assists for Hartford the New York Rangers AHL affiliate. Haggerty is a 22 year old 6ft right wing that shoots right. His scoring has improved the older he’s gotten so expect him to fill a role that will be vacated by the many Rockford Ice Hogs that will most likely by in Chicago next season.

The Raanta trade is a bit unexpected as the first trade of the summer, but with the emergence of Scott Darling not too mind blowing either.

What do you think of the Raanta trade?

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