Coach Joel Quenneville said several times that Antti Raanta earned the opportunity to stay with the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, he will.
The Blackhawks assigned Jason LaBarbera to the Rockford IceHogs this morning, as the team will move forward with Corey Crawford and Raanta as their goaltenders. It was a not-so-surprising move, considering how well Raanta has done here and how much the Blackhawks have appreciated his work.
LaBarbera, 33, was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 14. The Blackhawks were looking for depth at goaltender, given Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin's injuries at the time. LaBarbera did not play in any games for the Blackhawks; he made seven appearances for the Oilers, going 1-3-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .870 save percentage.
Raanta improved to 11-1-3 with a 5-3 decision over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.