Chicago Blackhawks waited until the NHL Entry Draft was over to consummate a trade on Saturday, but they did exactly that as they sent goaltender Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Ryan Haggerty.
The Rangers, who traded back-up goaltender Cam Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, found their man in the 26-year old Raanta.
With the Blackhawks, Raanta had a 20-8-5 record and started in 29 games. Raanta had a 1.89 goals against average and a 7-4-1 record in 14 games during the 2014-15 season.
As for Haggerty, the forward played with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack last season, scoring 15 goals and dishing out 18 assists. He played previously for RPI in NCAA hockey action, picking up 47 goals and 37 assists in three seasons with the team.
The move is the first of many for the Blackhawks, as they will still need to shed contracts and salary in order to re-sign Marcus Kruger and Brandon Saad this offseason.