Look at that thing fly!
This even ties in with Kreider's attitudes earlier in the offseason, where he apparently does not own golf clubs and has no desire to.
Golf clubs: Kreider's new non-goalie targets?
He looks good.
Of course, the red, white, and blue looks good on anybody - but Raanta's really rocking it.
The Rangers may have fallen to the Wild 5-2 in the Traverse City Tournament, but hey - that's still two Rangers goals scored! In September! Real hockey is here, and the actual Rangers are just around the corner.
The World Cup of Hockey is already exciting times. The actual games won't be played until a year for now, but in the meantime, pressers went underway.
Of course Hank was there, because in all likelihood, he'll be repping Sweden - and of course the great Vladislav Tretiak was there, because he's one of the best to ever guard the crease.
The two meeting together? That's beyond awesome.
What beautiful, glorious ice it is.
You know what the end of summer means? Hockey!!
Happy Labor Day!
Hank rules. No doubt all the kids he visited with had a blast - who wouldn't want to play air hockey with the king?!
Hey, if you've got someone like Henrik Lundqvist in your corner, you might as well turn to him for opinions on his expertise, right?
And who knows better about making glove saves than the king himself? He's right: that was a beauty.
It would appear Antti Raanta is a vengeful man. Or at the very least, he's a guy who would just really, really rather be playing than not.
As bad as this comes across - what does Raanta do if Mackenzie Skapski passes him? - there are a few things to like about this.
One: He wants to compete. He knows he's going to be a backup to Henrik Lundqvist, but as long as he's actually part of a team, he'll probably be happy.
Two: He's honest. If things aren't going well, at least now we know who we can get a good quote from. And really, considering how cookie cutter hockey players can be, isn't that refreshing?
UPDATE: Okay, apparently this may have been a mistranslation? Raanta denied his earlier statements to Mark Lazerus, a Blackhawks beat writer.
If that's the case, then point one still stands: he's at least somebody who does want to compete, and hey, you do want guys like that on your team. If that's the worst he did - well, there's nothing wrong with that.
Can you tell this dude is happy to be back in New York? He's even got the right shirt on!