Raycroft responds to critics

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 2:57 PM ET

Andrew Raycroft is not about to let his critics run him out of town.

"Without a doubt, there is no way I could have played here three or four years ago," Raycroft said last night. "I was too worried about what people thought about me. But I've developed a thick skin and realize you can't please everyone.

"You may hear some things, but all in all, there is not a better place to play than Toronto. It's special. The fans are amazing. They expect a lot but, at the same time, they'll come up to you at dinner and wish you the best."

Tough times aside, Raycroft tied Ed Belfour's single-season franchise record for wins.

"If you had told me before the season I would have 37 victories in 72 games, I would have taken it to the bank," said Raycroft, who had just eight wins with the Boston Bruins last season. "It was an up and down year for myself and the team, but we showed a lot of character.

"It has been a wild 48 hours. When Jersey scored in the last seconds, I thought it was in the cards for us. But now that we didn't make the playoffs, there will be finger-pointing out there. Whatever the case, I thought it was important to establish myself this season. And I feel I did that."


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