Raleigh, NC -- The re-making of the Carolina Hurricanes continues--whether the fans want to see it or not.
On Wednesday, Carolina signed Frederik Andersen (G) and Antti Raanta (G) as their goaltenders for next season and beyond.
Andersen, 31, signed a two-year, $4.5m/year deal with Carolina after spending the last five years in Toronto. The 6'4" Dane is a former third-round draft pick and has played 393 regular season and 53 playoff games in his career.
Antti Raanta, 32, signed a two-year, $2m/year deal with Carolina after spending his last four years in Arizona. At 6'0", he's smaller than Andersen and less experienced, having played in 198 regular-season games and having made only five playoff appearances. A native of Finland, Raanta joins fellow Finns Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen in Carolina.
The signings of Andersen and Raanta complete a bizarre Summer stretch that saw Carolina trade away a Calder Trophy nominee (and presumptive goaltender of the future) Alex Nedeljkovic for veteran Jon Bernier and a third-round pick.
Bernier reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Canes. He's now gone on to sign for New Jersey.
That left Mrazek and Reimer, both of whom went to free agency.
Mrazek has signed with Toronto, ending his three-year run with the Hurricanes. There, he'll split time with Jack Campbell. Meanwhile, James Reimer has signed with San Jose.
This new tandem will cost Carolina $6.5m, almost identical to last year's cap hit for Mrazek (~$3.25m) and Reimer (~$3.5m)--Nedeljkovic was on a league-minimum contract worth ~$1m at the NHL level.
Official Press Release from the Hurricanes (Andersen):
RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Frederik Andersen on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Andersen an average-annual value (AAV) of $4.5 million per season through 2022-23.
"Frederik has been a starting goalie in this league and has an established track record," said Waddell. "We believe that his experience will help us achieve further success."
Andersen, 31, has registered a 226-100-48 record in 393 career NHL games with Anaheim and Toronto. While with the Maple Leafs in 2019-20, Andersen was chosen to represent the Atlantic Division at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. The 6'4", 229-pound netminder also won the William Jennings Trophy alongside John Gibson in 2015-16, earning a 22-9-7 record, 2.30 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and three shutouts in 43 games. Originally drafted by Carolina in the seventh round, 187th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft, Andersen did not sign with the Hurricanes and was later selected by Anaheim in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft.
The Herning, Denmark, native has represented his home country at numerous international tournaments, including the IIHF World Championships in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2018. He was named the Best Goaltender at the 2018 IIHF World Championship after posting a 4-2-0 record, 1.65 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout in six games.
Official Press Release from the Hurricanes (Raanta):
RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Raanta an average-annual value (AAV) of $2 million per season through 2022-23.
"Antti is an established goaltender who has put up strong numbers in his career," said Waddell. "We're excited to add a veteran presence to our group."
Raanta, 32, earned a 5-5-2 record, 3.36 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 12 appearances for the Arizona Coyotes last season. In four seasons with Arizona from 2017-21, he posted a 46-42-11 record, 2.57 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and five shutouts. Raanta owns a career record of 93-65-20 with a 2.46 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and 13 shutouts in 198 career NHL games with the Coyotes, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. The 6'0", 198-pound netminder ranks sixth in save percentage and ninth in goals-against average among active NHL goalies with at least 150 career starts. Raanta is a former teammate of Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago, 2013-15), Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei (New York, 2015-17) and Jordan Martinook (Arizona, 2017-18). The Rauma, Finland, native represented his home country at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, registering a 4-3-0 record, 2.09 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in seven games at the tournament.
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