NHL Rumors: Hurricanes Goalie Being Moved By Deadline

Frederik Andersen is getting healthy which causes a problem in net for the Carolina Hurricanes. Pyotr Kochetkov has been stellar this season since being recalled, going 10-2-4 with a 2.08 goals against average, .924 save percentage, and three shutouts. Antti Raanta has also really picked up his game and recorded back-to-back shutouts a few games ago. He is now 10-2-2 on the season with a .268 GAA and .897 SV%.

With the return of Andersen, it causes the Hurricanes to have three goaltenders that should be in the NHL. Since it would be very counterproductive for the team to send Kochetkov down to the AHL as he has been their best goalie by a long-shot, they will have to move one of the other two. Adam Proteau says that Raanta may be the odd man out for the Hurricanes by the deadline.

Kochetkov has come in and proven he can be a starter and the team trusts him. He has some of the best numbers in the NHL this season and a big part as to why the Hurricanes went on an 11-game win streak and didn't lose in regulation in 18 games before their loss to the New York Rangers.

Kochetkov is signed to a four-year, $2 million AAV deal that kicks in next season, but seeing as he's a rookie, the Hurricanes may still want a veteran presence hanging around for a few years. Seeing as Andersen helped the team get the William M. Jennings Trophy last season and he finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting, he will at least be sticking around for the remainder of the season and possibly longer if he re-signs.

Raanta is a solid goalie if he were to be a backup or split time as a 1B and is the cheaper option, but Andersen is more proven and Kochetkov has been amazing in net this season.

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