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Rangers' Raanta agrees to terms on new contract

Backup goaltender allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts in regular season

by @NHL

Goaltender Antti Raanta and the New York Rangers agreed to terms on a new contract, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said Monday.

Terms of the contract were not released but the New York Post reported it to be a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1 million.

Raanta, 26, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but told on Tuesday that he hoped to return next season.

"It'd be nice to come back here," he said. "Everyone wants these things done sooner rather than later but it's a business. We'll see."

He played in three games during the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the final two periods of Game 1 after starter Henrik Lundqvist sustained an eye injury. Raanta went 0-1-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.

In 25 regular-season games Raanta went 11-6-2 with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage and one shutout. He allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts.

Tweet from @ARaanta31: Great feeling to come back to @NYRangers thanks to the fans for a great first year and everybody who made NY feel like home! #family ����

The Rangers acquired Raanta in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Ryan Haggerty on June 27, 2015. Raanta had a salary-cap charge of $750,000 this season, according to

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