Razor's wait is over

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Beleaguered goalie Andrew Raycroft's long wait finally appears to be over.

Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice said yesterday that Raycroft will get the call between the pipes for the game against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.

Raycroft has not started a game since suffering a 3-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils in Newark on Jan. 20.

Goalie Vesa Toskala has started the past 30 games, including last night's 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

THE NUMBER'S GAME

The big debate in La Belle Province continues to revolve around Patrick Roy.

In the wake of his decision to signal his son to fight the opposing goaltender during a recent Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game, critics in Montreal have suggested there is no way the Habs should retire Roy's No. 33.

In the opinion of Mike Keane, Roy's former teammate in Montreal, such a move would be ridiculous. In his mind, Roy's number deserves to dangle from the rafters at the Bell Centre.

"Sure it should. I think it's a no brainer," said Keane, who now plays for the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose.

"It doesn't matter what happens. I don't put hockey and friendship in the same category."

Keane was in town for the Moose game against the Toronto Marlies at the Ricoh Coliseum last night.

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS

When the Maple Leafs were officially eliminated from playoff contention Thursday, many disgruntled fans probably wanted to burst out into a rendition of "Turn out the lights, the party's over."

Last night, Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment Ltd. heeded those words.

As part of the environmental Earth Hour initiative, all of the exterior lighting at the ACC was shut off. Inside, the lighting levels were reduced in the arena's concourse levels and parking area.

LOOSE LEAFS

The Leafs have agreed to terms with Niagara Purple Eagles free agent right-winger Kyle Rogers to a two-year entry-level contract. Rogers, 23, had 23 points in 34 games for Niagara this season. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound forward is a native of Erie, Pa.


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