Antti Raanta said that it would be nice to return to the Rangers this summer.
He said, "it has been a great place for me to be and me and my wife have been really happy to be part of the Rangers. The city of NY has been great for us. We will see what happens." (NYR)
Raanta is a UFA who had a cap hit of $750,000 but an actual salary of $800,000.
He was 11-6-2 this season for the Rangers with a 2.25 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Larry Brooks writes that Raanta played well enough in his role and added that it will take a "meaningful upgrade" in salary and cap hit to prevent Raanta from becoming a UFA. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that if the Rangers let Raanta go it will "cost just as much" to get a back up goalie as dependable as the one they currently have. (NY Post)
The Rangers have Magnus Hellberg signed through next season at a cap hit of $625,000.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers will need to pay more than they have the past couple of years for a backup goalie but it will likely be worth it with the need to have that guy play 20-25 games. The Rangers need to cut Henrik Lundqvist's workload down by a few games and Raanta was more than capable this season. He knows the coaches, he knows Benoit Allaire and if he won't break the bank, $1 million to $1.25 million per year, it will be worth it to bring him back.
If not then the Rangers must have full confidence that Magnus Hellberg and his cheap cap hit will be able to handle the load this season or find a team in a similar situation to the one Chicago was in last year when they traded Raanta to the Rangers.