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Oilers GM Holland had a chance to acquire veteran starting goalie and declined

Published December 17, 2023 at 1:15 PM
BY LIAM
     
Moments ago, news broke from several NHL insiders that goaltender Antti Raanta has passed through waivers without a claim from another team.


Yesterday, the Carolina Hurricanes waived the 11-year veteran goaltender after he's seriously struggled to perform this season. In 14 games this year, Raanta has posted a brutal 3.61 GAA and .854 save percentage. Now after clearing waivers without a claim, Raanta will report to the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate team.

For the Edmonton Oilers, yesterday's news of Raanta's availability had to be interesting at the least. As a veteran goaltender with 265 games of experience on a one year, $1.5M contract, Raanta could've been a cheap addition and brought stability to the net, or at least the organizational depth.


As Jack Campbell continues to toil in the minor leagues, last night being pulled after four goals against, the Oilers goaltending situation is still dire despite the team winning games. Although Raanta hasn't performed well so far this year, it may have been worth the flier to try him in a change of scenery.
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Oilers GM Holland had a chance to acquire veteran starting goalie and declined

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