SAMSONOV AND RAYCROFT TO CHICAGO?

Samsonov trade rumors blow in from the Windy City

Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell is on record that he has no intention of trading goalie Andrew Raycroft, but that won’t stop the drumbeat of the rumor mill.

Last Wednesday, a Chicago radio station floated the notion that Raycroft and Sergei Samsonov (destined to become an unrestricted free agent July 1) were ticketed for the Blackhawks, in exchange for forwards Tyler Arnason and Mark Bell.

Lining up a slick deal?

Speculation around the Oilers remains that general manager Kevin Lowe, not pleased with his netminding, still covets Andrew Raycroft. A similar swap turned out well for the Oilers in March 1988 when Glen Sather flipped Andy Moog and Geoff Courtnall to Boston for Bill Ranford, who two years later led the Oilers to the Cup with a win over the Bruins in the finals. Boston’s ideal target would be prime young center Jarret Stoll. If Lowe offered up the 23-year-old pivot, Mike O’Connell would be left with little choice. The more likely bait, according to Oiler insiders, would be streaky winger Raffi Torres, originally an Islander first-round pick. A potential sweetener on the Edmonton side: the Syracuse-born Rob Schremp. this was out of the bostonglobe. sunday jan 29 06