Antti Raanta
Antti Raanta
31-Year-Old GoalieG
Arizona Coyotes
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Raanta lost most of the 2018-19 season to a lower-body injury, going 5-6-0 in 12 appearances with a 2.88 GAA and a .906 save percentage -- just a year removed from marks of 2.24 and .930 over 47 appearances. In his stead, Darcy Kuemper picked up a firm grasp on the starting job in the Coyotes' crease. Going into the season, either Raanta or Kuemper could emerge as the starter. Raanta is expected to be healthy heading into training camp. Staying healthy has been Raanta's primary obstacle to obtaining a full-time starting gig, so anyone interested in Arizona goaltending should probably consider locking up both if possible. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract extension with the Coyotes in April of 2018.
Slated for backup duties
GArizona Coyotes
August 14, 2020
Raanta (undisclosed) will dress as Darcy Kuemper's backup for Friday's Game 2 against the Avalanche, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
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Raanta has yet to play this postseason due to an undisclosed injury, but he's finally fit to play, and he could be in goal as soon as Saturday for the second half of a back-to-back set with Colorado. The 31-year-old netminder played pretty well during the regular season, maintaining a .921 save percentage through 33 appearances.
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Raanta worked against the grain of the Coyotes' second-to-last-place standing by turning in a remarkable 2017-18 campaign. Clearly, the ex-Blackhawk and former Ranger benefited from two-year apprenticeships with Corey Crawford and Henrik Lundqvist, as he was able to post a winning record (21-17-6) plus the highest save percentage (.930) of any netminder who appeared in at least 33 games. The fact that Raanta managed such a lofty save rate on top of a winning record despite his team's egregious minus-48 goal differential speaks volumes about the Finn's pure skill and upside for the future. Known for his calculated positioning between the pipes, he figures to be a mainstay for the burgeoning franchise, but staying healthy has been rather challenging for him.
Shipped to Arizona along with top-line center Derek Stepan in June, Raanta will get his first chance to serve as a No. 1 netminder after acting as the understudy to Corey Crawford in Chicago and then Henrik Lundqvist in New York for his first four NHL seasons. Over the past three, Raanta hasn't posted a save mark lower than .919, and Cam Talbot’s success upon moving to Edmonton after backing up Lundqvist gives us a framework to analyze what the Finn might do now that he’s escaped the shadows of two star goalies. He'll have the benefit of a blue line that's added defensive specialist Niklas Hjalmarsson, with whom Raanta is familiar from their time together with the Blackhawks, as well as Stepan’s own-zone proficiency -- a much-needed attribute in the desert, as the Coyotes have been known as a soft target for opposing offenses in recent seasons. He should easily fend off any challenge for playing time that may be posed by mediocre backup Louis Domingue.
As he enters his age-27 season, Raanta has never been an NHL starter, and he appears set to continue that way. After a solid first season as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup, Raanta will be back for another two years in the same role after re-signing in early May. Unless the King suffers an injury, the Finn will hold fairly minimal fantasy value outside of deep formats in which his strong ratios can help despite his limited playing time.
Raanta turned in sparkling work as the Blackhawks' second-string goalie last year, supplying a spectacular .936 save percentage and 1.89 GAA in 14 games (12 starts), but nonetheless found himself displaced from that role by Scott Darling by season's end. That resulted in a trade to the Rangers, where the Finn will slot in as the backup behind star netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist spent some rare time on IR last year, but he's usually an iron man out there, so don't expect Raanta to see more than about 20 starts this season. When he does play, though, he may be one of the most appealing backups around, just as Cam Talbot was last season.
Raanta stepped into the crease last season when both Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a season-ending injury and Corey Crawford was out for a period of time and did an admirable job filling the net. Sure, he needs to improve that .897 save percentage, but he did go 13-5-4. He is a reliable backup and should continue to grow his game. We think he'll see about the same number of games, 25, as last season,and he should provide those of you in daily leagues with a decent streaming option.
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Won't dress Wednesday
GArizona Coyotes
Undisclosed
August 11, 2020
Raanta (undisclosed) practiced Tuesday but won't be in the lineup against Colorado on Wednesday for Game 1, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
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Working with goalie coach
GArizona Coyotes
Undisclosed
August 9, 2020
Raanta (undisclosed) worked with goalie coach Corey Schwab on Sunday, Coyotes beat writer Richie Flores reports.
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Still unfit to play
GArizona Coyotes
Undisclosed
August 7, 2020
Raanta (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup against the Predators for Game 4 on Friday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
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Not skating Thursday
GArizona Coyotes
Undisclosed
August 6, 2020
Raanta (undisclosed) will not be getting onto the ice Thursday, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports.
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Set for absence
GArizona Coyotes
Undisclosed
August 4, 2020
Raanta (undisclosed) is not expected to play in Wednesday's Game 3 matchup against the Predators, John Gambardoro of 98.7 Phoenix reports.
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