Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune reporter.
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Chicago Blackhawks’ hierarchy didn’t leave the 2015 NHL Draft without making at least one trade.
Moments after the draft ended, the Hawks sent goaltender Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers in exchange for minor-league forward Ryan Haggerty.
The deal cleared $750,000 off the Hawks’ payroll, though that won’t be of help as they work toward clearing room under the NHL’s $71.4 million cap limit as any replacement on the roster will cost at least that much.
The 26-year-old Raanta had a 741 record, .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games with the Hawks this season.
The Rauma, Finland, native lost his backup job to Scott Darling on Feb. 22. Raanta was 2085 in 29 career NHL regular-season games with the Hawks after signing as a free agent June 3, 2013.
Haggerty, 22, had 15 goals and 18 assists in his first professional season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL last season.