Raanta waivers: How valuable is veteran goalie's NHL contract?

With the 34-year-old veteran goaltender Antti Raanta placed on waivers, the Carolina Hurricanes made a major move on Saturday.

The waiver update for Antti Raanta was posted on X (formerly Twitter) by insider Elliotte Friedman.

The thirty-four-year-old goalie has signed six deals totaling $23,150,000. 

Raanta signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million on July 1, 2023, the first day of free agency, pledging to stay with Carolina for an additional year while forgoing a $500,000 wage drop.

Raanta, who will age 35 at the end of the 2023–24 season, is on pace to become a UFA after playing in 267 regular-season games and 24 postseason games.

Antti Raanta's form has significantly dropped this season, as evidenced by his difficult 3.61 GAA and.854 SV% in 14 games, despite a great showing last season with a 2.23 GAA and.910 SV% in 27 games.

His recent game against Nashville on Friday, where he gave up six goals on thirty shots in a defeat that went into overtime, seems to be a turning point.

Notably, he let up four goals against Vancouver on December 9 and eight goals on just 14 shots in an 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Raanta hasn't been surpassed by Carolina's two goalies, Pyotr Kochetkov or Frederik Andersen, though.

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