Start elsewhere or sit here? Don't ask Raycroft

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Andrew Raycroft not only claims to have not read a newspaper since he was acquired by the Maple Leafs from the Boston Bruins in June 2006, but took his lack of media interest a step further yesterday.

"I am not into the NHL scene," Raycroft said. "I don't enjoy watching hockey highlights and hockey games themselves. Most of the time my TV is on one of my wife's reality shows or on the Discovery channel, actually learning something."

Anyone else get the idea Raycroft won't be asked by the NHL to participate in a promotional video any time soon?

Raycroft has been starting in place of Vesa Toskala, who has been put on injury reserve retroactive to Dec. 22 because of a strained groin. Though Toskala has taken over as the No. 1 Leafs goalie and likely will hold that spot well into the future when he is healthy, Raycroft did not bite when he was asked whether he would want to stay in Toronto in a supporting role if he could go somewhere else and start.

"I'm not going there," Raycroft said. "I love being here in Toronto and I love the guys more than anything. It's the closest group of guys I have been around. All that other stuff is out of my control."

Coach Paul Maurice, meanwhile, said Toskala was "better" yesterday but he refused to put a possible date on the netminder's return. But Maurice reiterated Toskala's injury is not a long-term situation.

SILENT TREATMENT

Sean Avery scooted out of the Air Canada Centre following the morning skate without talking to reporters but he remained a topic of discussion.

His New York Rangers teammates insisted they truly like the Pickering native.

"Let me tell you one thing -- I would not change him for anything," captain Jaromir Jagr said. "He is a great hockey player. That is the most important thing to me. With what he says, people do not give him enough credit for the way he plays hockey. I would not trade him for anyone."


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