SHOULD THE DEVILS PURSUE COYOTES’ RAANTA?

  • Larry Brooks from the NY Post believes the New Jersey Devils need a goaltending upgrade as Cory Schneider and MacKenzie Blackwood struggle between the pipes.
  • He wonders if the Arizona Coyotes could be enticed to part with Antti Raanta, who’s recovered from the lower-body injury that sidelined him for most of last season.

I wonder if the Coyotes could be tempted to part with genuine good guy and genuinely outstanding netminder Antti Raanta, who has made it all the way back from the lower body injury that sidelined the Finn nearly all last season and who shined in Arizona’s 5-3 victory in New Jersey on Friday?

Raanta, 30, has another season remaining on his contract worth $4.25 million per. He is the backup to 29-year-old Darcy Kuemper, who at the start of this month signed a two-year extension worth $4.5M that kicks in next year.

Clearly, the front office has selected Kuemper as their goaltender of the (near) future. The question is whether the club is committed to presenting this formidable one-two in nets in an attempt to nail down the franchise’s first playoff spot since 2012, or whether GM John Chayka could be enticed to surrender Raanta.

If so, New Jersey GM Ray Shero might want to do the enticing.

Larry Brooks, NY Post
  • Raanta has a year remaining on his contract with an annual average value of $4.25 million and is backing up Darcy Kuemper.
  • Brooks is speculating here.
  • He’s not saying the Devils are pursuing Raanta or that the Coyotes are willing to part with him.
  • Still, it might be worthwhile for Devils general manager Ray Shero to inquire into Raanta’s availability.
  • When he’s healthy he’s outstanding but his injury history is an issue.
  • Coyotes GM John Chayka isn’t under any pressure to move Raanta and could keep his goalie tandem intact for the season.
Sources & Credits: Larry Brooks, NY Post, Spectors Hockey
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