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Chicago's fan fave goalie in waiting

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07:28 AM ET 08.20 | Goaltenders often wear the label of being just plain different, but Assat Pori goaltending coach Jaakko Rosendahl has never seen one as unique as the Blackhawks' Antti Raanta, who played this past season in the SM-liiga in Finland. "He's so different than any other goalie," Rosendahl said in a recent phone interview. "He was so open-minded. He was so relaxed." ... Raanta signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks and is expected to contribute at some point in the NHL this season. ... Rosendahl doesn't doubt Raanta will be a fan favorite at some point in Chicago. "People like watching him play," Rosendahl said. "He's the kind of goalie when he plays in the NHL people will want to be buy his shirt because he looks cool and thinks differently."

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Joel Quenneville, Icon Sports Joel Quenneville, Icon Sports
August 20, 2013  07:44 AM ET

"people will want to be buy his shirt because he looks cool and thinks differently."

Stopping pucks would be an asset!

August 20, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Nah, they'll love him just because he's cool. The GAA won't matter.

August 20, 2013  09:50 AM ET

This site is enough to piss off the Pope this morning.

August 20, 2013  01:59 PM ET

save me

August 20, 2013  01:59 PM ET

save me

August 20, 2013  04:01 PM ET

And me

August 21, 2013  02:34 AM ET

We shall see. Niemi plays real good and won the Cup his first year. Not to bad for a Zamboni driver.........and they didn't resign him. I will still never understand giving up solid play in net to sign a 3rd or 4th line player, and no disrespect as every player has his role.....but a cup win and gone when you had a great first year.

Priorities I guess...

 
August 23, 2013  06:14 PM ET

Can't wait to see Raanta in action. Him and Teuvo are two exciting Finnish prospects. Amazing job by Chicago scouts in recent years

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