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Blackhawks goalie Raanta misses workout because of minor injury

Jul 8, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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In June, goalie Antti Raanta seemed like he might ride a hot season in Finland to a backup job with the eventual Stanley Cup champions. Things haven’t gone particularly well for the Chicago Blackhawks netminder during the past few days, however.

To start things off, the team put a “Bulin Wall” in his path to becoming the No. 2 by signing Nikolai Khabibulin to a one-year, $2 million contract on Friday. Making matters worse, a “minor injury” prompted the team to hold him out of Monday’s drills during the team’s prospect camp.

Fox Chicago’s Al Cimaglia reports that GM Stan Bowman indicated the plan was for the 24-year-old goalie to play for the Rockford Icehogs in the AHL, but one cannot help but wonder if Raanta would have preferred a different destination if he knew this would be how things would work out.

Considering the fact that Khabibulin is 40, an injury could very well open the door for Raanta to get his feet wet at the NHL level next season, anyway.

Still, this hasn’t been a great few days for the Finnish goalie.

  1. loinstache - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    uh

  2. noozehound - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Should’ve come to Minnesota. Have fun never starting in Chicago.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Khabby is not getting any younger, and Crawford’s contract is up soon. How much they’re willing to pay Crow with Kane’s and Toews’ expiring contracts on the horizon remains to be seen.

      I like his chances to prove himself, even on a two-time cup winning team.

      • arlingtonrob - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        Have I seen your posts at HockeyBuzz.com? Anyhow, you just beat me to it.

        I agree completely with your reply. My guess is Khabby will likely have several injuries that will limit his appearances, and the Hawks want to see Raanta play.

        Couple that with my hope that Crawford is gone after next year since I DO NOT want the Hawks to commit 6 + million AAV to him and ….

        voila, enter Antti Raanta after he proves himself on the smaller NHL ice surface.

        At least that’s the scenario I hope to see beginning next year.

  3. charliereno - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Roster spots are EARNED in Chicago. He can suck it up and prove himself if he’s got an issue/wants to play, just like the rest of the ‘Hawks did.

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