It's tryout time, again

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

BOSTON -- The fallen Maple Leafs are now playing for pride -- and a few for a reprieve from interim general manager Cliff Fletcher.

With the playoff race now a moot point, Fletcher can use the last four games for some final evaluations.

For one, Andrew Raycroft will be getting a start or two in goal after sitting the better part of 21/2 months, and he will be hoping to impress another team.

"Andrew is an obvious possibility," said Fletcher, who appreciated that Raycroft didn't pop off about his long stint behind Vesa Toskala's 29 consecutive starts. "He's an NHL goalie."

Centre John Pohl is also due to get another look after a long injury stretch, but both he and Raycroft said they had "no idea" when that would be.

"We don't have a lot of lineup options," Fletcher said. "But I've had a chance to see a lot of players in different situations."

After his strong criticism of the Leafs' attitude at the trade deadline, Fletcher said their 16-11-2 record since he replaced John Ferguson had been encouraging.

"I saw a lot I liked. Some things I was disappointed in, but it's premature to say anything (specific about players) until we get through the last four games," Fletcher said. "We tried to come back, but it's hard when there are so many three-point games (involving other clubs)."

Fletcher will be looking to buy out some players and make trades during the summer, but cautioned that "there are no miracle cures or quick fixes."

He arrived in Boston around game time yesterday after a Western Canada scouting trip. The new president/GM likely won't be found until after the June draft.

"We have to build up our core of players," Fletcher said.

Captain Mats Sundin didn't talk to reporters after last night's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.

"If we played the way we have the last 25 games, we wouldn't be in this situation," winger Alex Steen said. "It's just disappointing to put into words."


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