Antti Raanta put on waivers after giving up 6 goals.
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Antti Raanta put on waivers after giving up 6 goals.

The veteran goaltender may have hit a low point in his National Hockey League career.

Jonathan Larivee

The world of competitive sports can be a cruel and cutthroat business at times, and it appears that veteran goaltender Antti Raanta has been given a harsh reminder of that reality on Saturday afternoon.

According to a report from National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman, the Carolina Hurricanes have placed the 34 year old goaltender on waivers today. 

Raanta has not played well for the Hurricanes this season with a 3.61 goals against average and a .854 save percentage over 14 stars and that appears to have culminated in another ugly outing on Friday night. Raanta was shelled by the Nashville Predators, giving up 6 goals on 30 shots for an .800 save percentage, costing the Hurricanes the game in spite of the fact that they themselves had recorded 5 goals.

There are a number of teams around the NHL that could use a boost in goal but whether or not they will view Raanta as a potential candidate remains to be seen. Not only has the veteran netminder struggled this season, but he carries a cap hit of $1.5 million on a 1 year deal, which means any team submitting a claim for him would have to give up that valuable cap space to make the move.

Raanta may very well be headed to the American Hockey League should he clear waivers on Sunday.