I guess we will have to wait till September to see goalie Annti Raanta in the Blackhawks red and black. After sitting out day one of their annual prospect camp it has been announced that Raanta will miss the entire week.
Goalie Antti Raanta (minor injury) won’t participate in on-ice drills/scrimmages this week. #HawksProspectCamp— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 9, 2013
At least this time the Blackhawks are staying ahead of things unlike yesterday when they made the announcement after people noticed he wasn't on the ice. He was expected to take the ice yesterday around 2:00 PM yesterday with the second group. It took 36 minutes for everyone to receive the news.
The Blackhawks decided to hold G Antti Raanta out of today's drills for precautionary reasons related to a minor injury. #HawksProspectCamp— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 8, 2013
Today's news at least says he won't be on the ice, so it is assumed he will at least be present. Ryan Hartman, this year's first round pick, is also sitting out as he recovers from shoulder surgery but is in attendance. I guess we can assume he is participating in all the off the ice activities.
Unfortunately for Raanta and the Hawks this does not end the talk of him possibly being unhappy that his path to Chicago has been blocked. With the return of Nikolai Khabibulin it became clear that Raanta will be spending his first season in Rockford and not Chicago.
Just two years ago the Hawks went through a situation like that when Ray Emery was given the backup job and Alexander Salak was sent to Rockford. Salak struggled with injuries, family issues and poor play. The Hawks had signed Salak to a two year deal and after the first year, released him from his contract.
Everyone hopes this isn't the case but no one will rest easy till they see Raanta playing for the Icehogs this season. Him taking the ice this week would have helped calm those nerves. So until we see him at camp this will remain in the back of everyone's minds because he could be just one injury away from being in Chicago and there isn't much after him in terms of NHL ready talent.