Today the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they have signed Finnish goaltender Antti Raanta (AHN-tee RAHN-tah) to a one year contract. Raanta became eligible to sign with an NHL team on June 1st, and according to committedindians.com Raanta tweeted that he had made a decision, and that team was Chicago, Edmonton was also in the mix for the Finnish goalies.
Antti led his team Assat Pori to the SM-liiga title with a 1.45 GAA and a .955 save percentage, as well ad being named the MVP of the regular season and the playoffs. The 6-0 182 pound goalie was a member of the 2013 IIHF World Championship recording a 4-3 record with a 2.09 GAA and a 93 save precentage. In five seasons with Lukko Rauma and Assat Pori of SM-liiga he is 48-27-16.
According to Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED in Edmonton tweeted “If Raanta ends up in Chicago would mirror the Ducks signing a 25 year-old Jonas Hiller out of Davos during ’07 Stanley Cup run.” With Emery a free agent at the end of this year and Crawford at the end of next year, Raanta could be the next number one in Chicago.