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Raanta calls contract situation with Blackhawks a ‘big mystery’

May 20, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

One can almost argue that every big Corey Crawford save and strong playoff performance decreases the Chicago Blackhawks’ incentive to give pending restricted free agent goalie Antti Raanta a nice raise.

Even Raanta acknowledges the cloudy situation:

Despite the confusion, Raanta still took the time out to provide one of his charming and slightly-less-than-fluent quotes about a whirlwind first season in the NHL:

On one hand, the Finnish netminder managed a 13-5-4 record with Chicago. On the other, his save percentage was a below-average (if not bad) mark of .897. For some perspective, Ray Emery put up a dominant 2012-13 season with the Blackhawks but was unable to replicate that work with the Philadelphia Flyers this season.

The Blackhawks struggled with their backup situation this season, as Nikolai Khabibulin‘s health and inconsistency derailed somewhat shaky plans to use him as the No. 2 while the team acquired journeyman Jason LaBarbera in case Raanta faltered.

With his restricted status in mind, Raanta will probably need to settle for a cheap deal (or maybe flee to Europe), especially considering Crawford’s $6 million cap hit and a tight cap situation for Chicago overall.

It could be interesting to watch this “big mystery” unravel, then.

  1. hawksin5 - May 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    i REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY hope we resign him. very talented goalie.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      DON’T WORRY RAANTA … THE JOB IS ‘ABOUT’ TO BECOME YOURS !!!

      _________________________________________________________

      *** this message is for fans of the reigning SC Champion LA Kings only ***

      Well, this is it friends. Tomorrow night we need to ‘put the boots’ to these Oprah lovers big time ! … I say ‘F’ their stupid book club ! As you know, if we can fix these bastards tomorrow night then we’re seriously ‘in’ like Errol Flynn ? Anyway, I’ve now got an ‘innate’ hunch that Captain Brown is going to go ‘berserk’ tomorrow along with comrades Kopitar, Carter, Martinez and Richards ! Yes sir ! And I also have a hunch that comrade Quick is going to hand the Chicago ‘starting’ goalie gig to Raanta on a silver platter ! You just gotta love it man ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! …. SMASH THE HAWKS AND THEIR STUPID CASTLE OF SAND !!!!!!

      • jhuck92 - May 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        “reigning”?

      • chicagobtech - May 21, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        blomfeld feels that the shortened season means the Blackhawks didn’t actually win the Stanley Cup. He fails to mention that while the regular season was shorter the playoffs were the same as normal. He also fails to mention that everybody played their 48 games last season, that everybody had the same opportunity as the Blackhawks to earn their points.

  2. bwana63 - May 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    He’s an RFA. He’s not going anywhere.

    I’m guessing the Hawks haven’t addressed Raanta’s new contract because they have more pressing matters at hand.

  3. nolockoutpricks - May 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    i bet he wishes he would’ve signed in minny these days

    • bwana63 - May 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Yeah, because winning the Stanley Cup is overrated.

      • findthetwine - May 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        When did he win a cup? This is his first year in the NHL, right? And his team is up 1-0 in the Conference Finals, right?

  4. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I like Raanta. He’s a good goalie & he’s got some swag to him. He’s a keeper. Unless the Sharks ditch Niemi. Maybe he could back Crawford up. Always liked Niemi but i think most Hawks fans were happy with the job Raanta did this year.

  5. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    blomfeld,

    You are the biggest TOOL on this website. I will follow all of your postings & comment about what a loser you are after them. Keep posting.

  6. endusersolutions2013 - May 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    One thing to consider is that the Hawks are projected to have the least cap space as projected for next year. Raanta’s contract renewal will compete with Smith, Morin (who I really hope they can keep), Brookbank and possibly Regin.

    http://www.capgeek.com/blackhawks/

    • chicagobtech - May 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Here’s to the cap going up then.

    • comeonnowguys - May 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Yikes. This summer’s going to hurt more than any since 2010. Have to trust in StanBo’s Rockford pipeline I suppose.

  7. endusersolutions2013 - May 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    One problem for Raanta is he did not get as many starts as he should have to develop further. Hawk’s hand was forced when the “Bulin Sieve” ended up being a disaster and the Hawks had lost their other AHL goalies from the year before.

  8. 1harrypairatesties - May 21, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    “eh” is not a word blomfeld .

  9. haassauce21 - May 21, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Wild needs to sign him!

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