Blackhawks Trade Antti Raanta to Rangers

After the 2015 NHL Draft ended, the Blackhawks started trading.

Antti Raanta joined a long list of goaltenders traded this weekend as the Hawks sent the 26-year-old netminder to the New York Rangers for minor-league forward Ryan Haggerty.

Haggerty, 22, was not drafted and signed as a college free agent last spring after spending three years at RPI. He posted 15 goals and 18 assists with Hartford in the AHL last season.

In 14 games with Chicago during the 2014-15 season, Raanta had a 7-4-1 record, .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average.

The deal clears $750,000 off the Hawks’ payroll for 2015-16.

New York traded their backup goalie from last year, Cam Talbot, to Edmonton on Saturday.



44 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Antti Raanta to Rangers

  1. Best wishes to him. He had some nice wins for the Blackhawks. Assuming he is on the Rangers’ roster, he’ll get to see another great goalie day in King Henrik and day in and day out.

  2. He sure had some impressive stats here and never really had a shot and was doomed to go with Darling in the mix. Best of luck to him in the Big Apple.

  3. I remember another time Hawks had three goalies and traded away a future HOF goalie. I am not equating the two trades, just offering a thought that popped in my head after reading about this trade.

  4. Looks like Crawford is not going anywhere. The pressure is really on Stan now to trade Sharp and Bickell if we want to resign Saad.

  5. Is it true the Rangers offered Kevin Hayes for Raanta but the Hawks would not guarantee him a roster spot. JUST KIDDING.

  6. I will miss Raanta. Class professional and a good solid backup goaltender. Traded for a depth guy for Rockford, but what are you going to do.

  7. I liked Raanta, he has good reflexes but he loses his net at times. He can definately play at this level. I wish him the best of luck.

    Its unreal this small move was all SB was able to pull off this weekend. Shoulda moved Sharp last f ing year just saying!

  8. I was really hoping Raanta and Darling would be our two goalies. Polar opposites in play and personality, but a strong duo.

    One day our veteran D-men aren’t going to be able to play huge minutes to keep Crow in the game.

  9. There are always defensive lapses from all players or they just get outjuked by the offense and Crawford played well in those situations. Do you really think Raanta and Darling are so much better than Crawford that they wouldn’t need the same strong defense in front of them? They did a great job as backups but being the #1 goalie is different. Numbers tend to go down a little.

  10. Yes and no. I need to see more of Darling, but I was impressed with Raanta’s reflexes and awareness of crease passes. However, Crow is much better in one on one situations, such as lone breakaways and shootouts.
    I’m not a Crawford hater, either. But good young players are hard to give away.

  11. From another article-
    “One reason that Raanta may have been expendable is the presence of Anders Nilsson, who has expressed an interest in returning to North American hockey after playing in the KHL last season. Chicago acquired the talented 25-year-old’s rights last year as part of the Nick Leddy trade and could bring him in as the third-string goaltender behind Crawford and Darling. Part of why Nilsson left the NHL in the first place was his frustration with not being given a more prominent role by the Islanders, but maybe the Blackhawks can convince him to accept the situation.”

  12. Q: Why did Anti sit on his tail pipe 85% of Hawk games instead of developing in Rockford? Darling did. Worked out pretty well for him. Huh?

    A: Cup. Cup. Cup. We know what we’re doing.

  13. Wish to heck we could keep Vermette…somehow, someway…I know it won’t happen and he is due a big payday…at least he became a real Blackhawk just in time, right at the very end. We need a guy with that charming French accent.

  14. Noonan- Nilsson has also said in the past he is not interested in playing in the AHL. That’s why he signed in the KHL because the Isles were going to send him to Bridgeport. Seems like a similar career path as Alexander Salak.

  15. But speaking of Nilsson… Why not Trade Bickell or Versteeg to the Jets for the rights to Nilsson’s teammate in Russia, Alex Burmistrov?

  16. On Ryan Haggerty …

    I would not be so quick to dismiss this guy as a throw in. He was one of the more sought after college free agents in the spring of 2014 and more importantly, he has improved every year. Strengths are a great work ethic, strong on the puck, and a goal scorer’s touch.

    Certainly someone to watch during training camp.

  17. Still with the hate for CC???????

    What’s the poor guy gotta do to get some respect???

    Go 82-0 with a %1000 save pct. & 0.00 gaa!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    The “we lose because of him” & “we win in spite of him” is getting old…….

    How man Cups do the “elite” goaltenders have again…….?????

  18. Re: Haggerty – Rangers burned a year of his ELC in 2014 to get him signed (just like we did for Baun and Palliota). Also read that he was impressive in camp this year and some thought he had a chance to stick with the Rangers. Who knows if he ever plays with the Hawks but I agree with Hof, this was not a “throw-in”.

    Regarding future trades I just can’t see Bickell moving unless we either retain salary or add in a quality prospect. This will be SB’s big challenge IMO.

  19. Hof/MS- just looking at video on Haggerty… 1st rate shot/release!!! As I have mentioned before… Hawks are deep on “playmakers”… they need some sniper/finishers to compliment 88,86, Panarin, Schmaltz, Hino… this Kid looks like he has a very hard/accurate shot.

    Biggest question- can he SKATE??? If he can skate- really does have a chance w/ Hawks!!!

    anyone have “report” on Haggerty Skating??? Carey- has a nice shot too… but is below average skater, and not the smartest player I have seen play for Hogs!!! Carey- will not make a Hawks roster-imo

  20. Matt Carey to my knowledge is one of the guys they’re debating whether or not to make a qualifying offer. So he may or may not be back; I personally think they’ll move on.

    I can’t comment on Haggerty’s skating as I’ve not seen him play. Chances are great though the Blackhawks wouldn’t target him if he didn’t skate well.

  21. I would love to see the hawks keep vermette and desjardin along with Kruger and saad. More salary dump is needed whether the hawks get something back or not from versteeg and unfortunately Bickel. Would like something back for sharp! Maybe picks down the road in future years.

  22. This from Hockey’s Future . Com
    Haggerty was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on March 12th, 2014, after being ranked fourth in the NCAA in goals for RPI during the 2013-14 season. A big body, who can skate and has a sniper’s release.

  23. Sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but “what is the penalty if we DON’T get down to the cap maximum by opening night?”

  24. Dropthepuck…Players, agents and employees are fined $250,000 to $1 Million
    The team is fined $ 5 Million, there is cancellation of contracts, loss of draft picks, loss of points, forfeiture of games determined to have been affected by violating the cap. Yeesh!

  25. ^ Yup, wow. Lots of penalties.

    In other words, they won’t be over the cap come Opening Night. People at 1901 W. Madison want to keep their jobs.

    Reading the writers/bloggers reactions to the draft weekend, Blackhawk fans aren’t the only ones, umm, disappointed. NY Rangers people are pissed, they had to make cap moves and they don’t think their team is better.

    I hate having to wait on all these moves too but that’s the salary cap world we live in, things unfortunately take time and so many things are interrelated.

    Reading what some of the Montreal people had to say, it appears there may have been a Sharp deal with the Blackhawks for the 26th pick but the player the Canadiens liked was still there so they nixed the deal and made the pick. That happens a lot with these draft day trades.

    I think you will see Sharp moved for a prospect and a 2016 draft choice and Bickell & Versteeg moved for … not much. If not in the next 7 days then probably close to October. And maybe a smaller deal or two for some defensive depth.

    Further I believe you’ll see both Saad and Kruger signed this week.

  26. Hof – Hope you are right regarding the upcoming moves as that would be a decent result IMO.

    I wouldn’t be happy if I was a Ranger fan – thought Hagelin was one of their best forwards and Etem has been very inconsistent with the Ducks. Thought this was a very good trade for the Ducks. There were good examples of how the cap is wreaking havoc on many teams – Hamilton traded from BOS, Hagelin from NY, other big names on the block as teams can’t swallow additional big, long-term contracts. For all those who slam SB and wish for the good old days of Tallon, please learn more about the cap situation so you can understand how we have navigated these treacherous waters over the past several years. Lastly, interesting to see the Kings “double-down” on the big bodies and pick up Lucic after watching a cup final where skill and speed dominated. I think they are going all in this year as they will have a tough cap situation going forward with Kopitar needing a new deal and Lucic becoming a UFA after this year.

  27. The media around T.O is thinking (opinion only) that Montreal and Florida are the two best bets to get Sharp–and in that order.
    Where are the Canadiens with regard to cap?

  28. Anything further on Versteeg to Montreal? I read that there was, in fact, discussion of a possible trade for a 5th round pick but obviously it went nowhere. I also read that Florida offered Jimmy Hayes and a pick or picks for Cam Talbot but the Rangers didn’t bite – I guess Jimmy hasn’t exactly “wowed” them in Florida.

  29. I have to admit that I am disappointed that Stan the Man did not make any deals for picks in this draft. Wasn’t this draft supposedly deep in prospects? Wasn’t picks what Stan said he needed to compensate for the trade deadline acquisitions? I think this was an epic fail. I am a Stan fan but perhaps his asking price is too high. And why is it that only ex-hawk employees are rumored to have “significant” interest like FLA (Tallon) & MON (Bergevin)? Seems strange to me….

  30. Raanta being on a one way deal doesn’t mean his salary would be part of the NHL cap. Just means he’s paid that number regardless of where he plays. He may have had to pass through waivers if he was sent to Rockford.

    Regarding Haggerty and the Rangers burning a year. He signed after the deadline in 13/14 and didn’t play a game for the Rangers organization until this year. His contract was tolled, but not because he played a game like Paliotta. Not sure if that year was burned because of his age and was ineligible to slide, or if that was something that was agreed upon between him and the Rags. Regardless, he’s got 1 year left.

  31. Jim- The Penguins are one of the teams rumored to be hot on Sharp. No connection there. Rangers and Bruins have also expressed interest.

    All gms have colleagues they are more comfortable dealing with. Hawks have made more than one move with the Coyotes and Rangers. Also the Canucks, but the first move with them Gillis was still in charge. Not to mention the moves with Florida and a couple with the Jets. Some of those Jets moves was prior to the move however. The Oduya and Frolik deals worked out well for both sides.

  32. Well one thing is for darn sure, the West will be so tight next season it will leave no room for errors and only the slightest of margins will determine differences. I see improvement across the board in the West and its not going to be a picnic thats for sure. You look at who didn’t make the playoffs in the West then either know or think that, well these guys will, and those guys will, ( ie LA, Dallas ) and probably those guys ( ie Sharks) and maybe those guys ( Edmonton) plus wild card teams Calgary and Winnipeg see improvement, then who the heck in the top six are out?

    Sharp, Richards, Versteeg, Bickell total 56 goals, 86 assists ( 9-27 in playoffs) …Now TT will get some good numbers, and I hope to heck Panarin does to cut into that but where else?

  33. Ernie- I said the same thing about burmistrov about a week ago and got a similar response (or lack there of)….

    It would be an interesting move and he would be a language buddy for Panarin should Panarin win a roster spot.

  34. What about Tikinov, I thought he was his Russian buddy, and also a FA I believe, have no idea what would cost.

  35. ……losing Raanta might come back to bite us in the butt….capwise and with his talent capabilities potential but I’m with Tab’s Corey Crawford bandwagon now until he proves otherwise….Go Corey……oh yeah and Darling is homegrown so no worries…..

  36. …..didn’t know Jimmy Hayes was up for grabs…..maybe we should get him back….lol….

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