Contrary to the type of production seen from Darling since leaving Chicago, Raanta actually had a successful tenure with the Coyotes (and, formerly the New York Rangers) in the past three seasons. Arizona might actually have a franchise goalie on their hands.
Raanta has a .918 save percentage through 27 starts this season. While the Coyotes are among the worst teams in the league again, it’s by no fault of Raanta. He’s having a solid season, posting a save percentage above the league average of .913.
He’s also carrying a respectable goals against average of 2.58. Arizona just does not have the personnel required to make a playoff run anytime soon. Clayton Keller provides them with a forward to build around, and they have a goalie to build around also.
However, if the Canes had landed Raanta after his two year tenure with the Rangers, they’d be much better. Raanta did get off to a rough start this year, but got things together quick. He’s showing that he is a starting caliber goalie in the NHL.