Teams not interested in Raycroft

Most GMs not convinced Razor is a starter

With a quality goalie like Ilya Bryzgalov being waived by Anaheim, it makes you wonder about the trade value of Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft on the open market.

Damien Cox and Spector are reporting that there is virtually no interest in Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft from around the league.


This supports what I have been saying for many months now, going back to last July (see links below). The only difference is you heard it here long before the media reported it.

http://www.hockeytraderumors.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9211

http://www.hockeytraderumors.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9312

http://www.hockeytraderumors.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9424

Some readers on HTR have disputed this, arguing that the Leafs gave up too much to get Raycroft and cannot just give him up. Well, the sad reality, my friends, is that Raycroft is worth pretty much nothing. Maybe a few marbles, some playing cards, and an old rabbit’s foot.

Cox is blunt in his assessment. He says that teams are simply not interested in a $2 million backup goalie, and that most GMs are not convinced Raycroft can be a starter. Even Pittsburgh believes that Dany Sabourin is as good as Raycroft!

Cox also disputes the widespread belief that the Leafs offered Raycroft “little defensive help” last season. This is “just not true”, he says. He argues that the Leafs last year allowed fewer shots than they did when Ed Belfour was in town, and many goalies around the league faced far more rubber.

These are points that I have been arguing tirelessly for the past 12 months, almost to the point where I’ve turned blue in the face. Believe it or not, there are STILL people on this site that dispute these points, which most would consider obvious observations.

Despite all this, Cox believes that somebody may bite on Raycroft as the season goes along, but he doesn’t expect much in return.

Spector’s take is somewhat more bleak. He doubts any team will take a chance on Raycroft later in the season, and that the only way out of this is if the Leafs buy out the final year of his contract next June.

Therefore, both Cox and Spector concur with 3 of my chief arguments of months past:

1. Raycroft is drawing virtually no interest from other GMs around the league.

2. It is a myth that his failure was due to “little defensive help”.

3. A buyout is a possible option, perhaps at the end of the season if not earlier.

Damien Cox link:
http://thestar.blogs.com/thespin/2007/11/cox-mail-bag.html

Spector link:
http://www.spectorshockey.net/rumors.html