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05-31-2013, 06:50 AM
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It looks like the Wild are strongly considering Raanta (per Russo):
The Wild is pursuing free agent goalie Antti Raanta, 24, the Finnish Elite League’s MVP. With Josh Harding’s health uncertain and Matt Hackett now property of Buffalo, the Wild wants to add depth to a stable that includes young goalies Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson.

Like Backstrom (a European free agent in 2006), Raanta was a late bloomer. He backstopped his team, Assat Port, to the SM-liiga title with a 1.45 goals-against average and .955 save percentage, winning playoff MVP.

Raanta can sign as early as Saturday and the Wild would bring him to training camp to see if he can earn a spot. If not, he could play at AHL Iowa or return to Finland, where he would play for IFK, which is partly owned by Backstrom.
Edit: Decision made .. team TBA.
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