The Chicago Blackhawks have sent goalie Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Ryan Haggerty.
The 26-year old Finnish goalie signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks in 2013. Raanta played with the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs before making his NHL debut in November 2013 to fill in for the Blackhawks injured backup goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Raanta was named Rookie of the Month in December 2013 for posting a record of 8-1-3. Raanta finished his rookie season with a record of 13-5-4 and signed a two-year extension at the end of the season.
In February 2015, Raanta was sent back down to the Rockford IceHogs and goalie Scott Darling took his place on the Blackhawks roster. Raanta has one year remaining on his two-year extension that he signed last off-season. The move to send him to New York likely means that Darling will resume the role as the backup goalie for Corey Crawford for the 2015-2016 season.
Haggerty, who turned 22 in March, had 15 goals and 18 assists for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack.