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Raanta reportedly agrees to terms with the Blackhawks

  • Blog Post by: Michael Russo
  • June 3, 2013 - 11:29 AM

Finnish goaltender Antti Raanta has agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks, colleagues Vesa Rantanen and Juha Hiitela of Urheilusanomat reported today.

Raanta, 24, backstopped Assat Pori to a championship in the Finnish Elite League this past season. He was regular-season MVP, Goalie of the Year and Playoff MVP.

The Wild was one of a number of teams that pursued the goalie.

The Wild begins organizational meetings this week, meetings that should set the direction for this offseason. GM Chuck Fletcher said Priority No. 1 is trying to secure a No. 1 goalie and that starts with talking to Niklas Backstrom, who can become a free agent July 5 if unsigned by Minnesota beforehand.

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