On June 23, the Arizona Coyotes were busy. Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick were traded to the New York Rangers in a deal that brought Derek Stepan and a new starting goalie, Antti Raanta, to the valley.

Earlier in the offseason, Arizona dealt long-time starter Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames, opening up the role to a new face.

Raanta was an undrafted free agent originally signed by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. The 28-year-old served as backup to Corey Crawford and later Henrik Lundqvist after being traded to the Rangers.

In 29 games last season, Raanta went 16-8-2, recording a 2.27 GAA and a .922% SV%. Though he is not the biggest, Raanta is described as an agile goalie with strong positioning.

Going forward, Raanta will see himself in a starting role for the first time in his NHL career, and his performance will play a big role in the Coyotes season. Raanta will be a UFA at the end of the upcoming season. If he continues to preform as he did last season, we may see him in net for the Coyotes for quite some time.

 

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