Coyotes sign goaltender Antti Raanta to 3-year deal

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Coyotes sign goaltender Antti Raanta to 3-year deal
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes the save in front of St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Arizona Coyotes have re-signed goaltender Antti Raanta to a three-year deal.

General manager John Chayka announced the move Friday that keeps Raanta under contract through the 2020-21 season. Raanta would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The 28-year-old Raanta is 21-16-6 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 46 games after injuries threatened to derail his season. With Raanta playing well and improvements under first-year coach Rick Tocchet, Arizona is 16-8-2 since Feb. 12 after losing 42 of its first 55 games.

Raanta is 9-1-0 with a 1.30 GAA and .959 save percentage and two shutouts in his past 10 appearances. That’s the play Chayka expected when the Coyotes acquired Raanta and center Derek Stepan from the New York Rangers last offseason in a trade that meant giving up the seventh overall pick and defensive prospect Anthony DeAngelo.

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