Rayzor's edge sharp

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Darcy Tucker has a theory as to why his former Leafs teammate Andrew Raycroft has improved his game now that both are members of the Colorado Avalanche.

"I've seen many guys in Toronto where it doesn't matter what you do or how you play, there's really no upside," Tucker told the Denver Post. "For 'Rayzor' to come here, it gives him an opportunity just to take a deep breath every time he goes in the net.

"(In Toronto), if the fans start going one way on you, it's hard on your confidence."

Raycroft, who lost his No. 1 status to Vesa Toskala and was signed by the Avs as a free agent, has a different theory as to why he's had some early success in Denver.

"I'm on a much better team than I was last year," said Raycroft, who already has two wins in the Avalanche net. "That makes a big difference."

HIT MAN

From the moment he saw him, Ron Wilson has loved that defenceman Jonas Frogren thrives on playing physical. But the big Swede liked to hit so much that the Leafs coaching staff had to tone him down.

"We've dialed down the running around in our own end," said Wilson, who has gradually increased Frogren's role on the back end. "The first few practices, all he wanted to do was run into bodies out there, he didn't care about the puck. How many Swedish defenceman can you say that about?"

THINK PINK

The Leafs have designated tonight's game as "Pink Ribbon Night," part of the team's Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. The Leafs players, along with their wives and girlfriends, will team up with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about the disease.

Lady Leafs and CBCF volunteers will distribute pink ribbons and collect donations from fans starting at 6:15 p.m. at Air Canada Centre's Gate 1. Leafs players also will auction their game-used hockey sticks, while ties worn by Leafs coaches and Leafs TV personalities will also be auctioned.

GO FINGER

Defenceman Jeff Finger continues to get serious practice time as he recovers from a bruised foot suffered during training camp. Leafs Wilson said yesterday that Finger should be ready to make his Leafs debut "later this week."


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