Goaltender Antti Raanta hits rock bottom in his NHL career.
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Goaltender Antti Raanta hits rock bottom in his NHL career.

A sad day for National Hockey League veteran Antti Raanta who now awaits his fate.

Jonathan Larivee

The world of professional sports can be a cruel business and unfortunately for long time National Hockey League veteran Antti Raanta, he is learning that lesson the hard way over the weekend.

Raanta has arguably hit a low point in his NHL career on Sunday, going unclaimed on waivers after being placed there by the Carolina Hurricanes a day earlier. The decision to waive Raanta came off the back of an ugly loss to the Nashville Predators in which Raanta gave up 6 goals, the latest in a series of underwhelming performances from the veteran netminder this season.

Over the course of 14 appearances this season, Raanta has put up a 3.61 goals against average and a .854 save percentage, results that have now resulted in him being pushed aside.

Following the decision to waive Raanta, the Hurricanes have called up rookie goaltender Yaniv Perets from the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals. The Hurricanes likely intend to give Perets a shot in the hope that he will provide them with the answers that Raanta simply has been unable to deliver.

What comes next now for Raanta remains a mystery. The Hurricanes do have the option to keep him on the main roster but are also free to send him down to the American Hockey League given that no team in the league felt Raanta was worth submitting a claim for.

This would be Raanta's first trip to the AHL in nearly a decade, outside of a 1 game conditioning loan back in 2019, something that can't feel good for a veteran that had established himself in the NHL.