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Hawks believe Raanta is ‘different than any other goalies’

Aug 19, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie coach Jaakko Rosendahl told ESPN Chicago that Antti Raanta’s lighthearted approach makes him “different from any other goalies.”

While that might mean Raanta could provide a good one-liner every now and then, Rosendahl also said that his disposition can bring some advantages on the ice.

“Before games — two hours before a game — he was like some guy who came off the street and into the locker room. ‘Hey, let’s go.’ He’s not heavy,” Rosendahl said. “He’s not going to feel like not talking to anyone. He’s relaxed. That’s why he keeps so much in the game.”

(Of course, this could open the door from some dreadful “is Raanta really focused on the game?” type speculation in the future …)

It’s probably an exaggeration to say that Raanta, 24, is the lone exception among funny/free-spirited netminders. Roberto Luongo‘s (alleged?) Twitter account and even some high comedy from lesser known players such as Ben Scrivens points to these guys being almost as funny as they are strange.

Regardless, Raanta might end up being Chicago’s goalie of the future – especially if Corey Crawford becomes a salary cap casualty – so having a solid sense of humor could help him cope with championship expectations.

(AP photo via ESPN Chicago.)

  1. esracerx46 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Steve Weeks replaced Stephane Waite as Blackhawks goalie coach. Jaakko Rosendahl is the goalie coach for Assat Pori. The Finnish league club Raanta played for.the last 3 seasons.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    This guy had several teams interested in him, and he’s not an 18/19 year old. Who knows what was communicated to him, what expectations he framed? The interesting thing is that he signed before the free agent signing period began, when the Hawks officially had both of their Jennings award winning tandem. So he must has been convinced there was a good opportunity.

  3. hockey7515 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    At first glance I thought that was Riemer.

    • nikk1977 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      At first glance I thought someone needs to give the guy a toothbrush!!

  4. blomfeld - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:16 AM


    Don’t ask me why friends, but as soon as I clicked onto this story and saw this weirdo’s image, visions of that quack ‘Bryzi’ immediately came to my mind? The ‘sting’ of defeat at the hands of these Blackhawks this past spring, still hurts many of us no doubt to this very day. But if this is ‘seriously’ what their back-stopping future now holds, then ‘bring ’em on’ as Dubya once so eloquently stated! Without sounding too brash, I for one will go on the record here by predicting that all ‘Kings vs Hawks’ games in 2013-14 will be more like ‘executions on ice’ as opposed to hockey games, with the former playing the role of executioner!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!! :) :) :)

    • esracerx46 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      You also said “Kings in 5.” Oops

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      While there is a decent chance of a rematch (Hawks and Kings are/should be favorites to take their divisions), it is also very likely to be “déjà vieux all over again”. I don’t see anything that has transpired since Hawks humbled the Kings and their fans 4-1 to suggest a rematch woiuld work out differently.

      I posted a detailed assessment of the two teams based on 13 categories on Yahoo last spring – BEFORE the series started. None of the Kings could refute it, but I did get a lot of cheap shots. All the Kings fans could argue was “We have J. Quick”, and we know now how well that worked, as he was pulled one game. Unless my bemory is pretty flawed, there was a pretty significant goals differential that series.

      The assessment I did before the playoffs started showed that the Kingws were the 4th best team in the playoffs, so meeting them in the WC finals was no surprise. AND there was a BIG gap between the Hawks and Kings.

      Hawks last year were #2 in the league offensively, I1 defensively, #1 in points and +/- depth. The players they are bringing up should more than replace those they moved out to make way.

      I did get that the Kings have a very loyal fan base, such as yourself. But it seems that there is a lot more “faith, hope and love” involved with ya’lls projections that actual analysis. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with Faith, Hope and Love

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        rats, I really need to slow down and past posts into Word and let it red underline all my typos before I hit “post comment”.

      • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Faith, hope and love perhaps …

        but to that you can add conviction, zeal and fanaticism ! … at least if you’re a King’s fan

        Achtung Endusersolutions ! … what are you, some sort of a software program? :) … hey man, with all kidding aside, everything you’ve listed above is valid and quite true … my hope however is that we Kings put more emphasis on ‘lethal’ offense this coming year, as opposed to getting all caught up again with this ‘smash & crash’ garbage … we’re already ‘physically’ biggest & toughest team in the league and so we don’t have to prove anything to anyone in that regard … what we do need to do however is to start bringing our big guns to bear ‘quickly & furiously’ whenever the opportunity affords itself … and if the opportunity isn’t there, then we need to ‘create’ the opportunity with undue prejudice and haste ! … what transpired this past spring was positively ridiculous, as we averaged < 2 goals per game right through the WC final series … of course that was never going to work and it didn't, despite the Herculean efforts of Jonathan Quick … this year however, look for the likes of Carter, Richards, Brown, Doughty, Kopitar and Martinez to go absolutely 'berserk' in terms of putting the puck in the net ! … Dean Lombardi has solidified today what is arguably the most 'explosive' offensive machine ever seen in the NHL since the 1980's Oilers … and therefore the only thing remaining to be done now, is for the order to 'attack' be given ! … and it will be, God willing :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I just listened to the song – serious simplistic, low talent pop. The band I posted a link to runs circles around this pop like the Hawks out skated the Kings.

  5. juzzi7 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    One does not simply write about silly goalies and doesn’t mention bryzgalov…

  6. jacketsfan7 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    I know , it looks a lot like Reimer

  7. earpaniac - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    With the Bowmans in charge, the “Red Wings model” is obviously in play in Chicago. And in that model, you don’t pay big $ to goalies. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Crawford is allowed to walk.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Will depend on what he wants, and of course his agent will be working hard to sell him on the highest $$s to get the biggest comission he can.

      But if he wants to be behind the best defense in the league on the team most likely to succeed iin the post season, he may stay.

      If I was on the4 Hawks management team, I’d be working with advertizers to like him up for endorsements/appearances, as Hawks are big in a big media market.

  8. multiplemiggs - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Is Steve Weeks related to the negro Kevin Weekes?

    • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      back off Multiplemiggs … seriously

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