Raycroft gets the call

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Andrew Raycroft refuses to use the term "revenge."

But it appears that is exactly the opportunity he will get tonight against the Maple Leafs, the team that bought him out over the summer.

During his chat with the Toronto media after a Colorado Avalanche practice here in Denver yesterday, Raycroft told reporters that "he would not play" versus his former club at the Pepsi Center.

But coach Tony Granato has the final say on such things. And, later in the day, Granato announced that Raycroft, in fact, will get the call.

Raycroft, who is a respectable 9-5-0 this season, allowed just two goals on 35 shots in a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, a performance that earned him another start. Former St. Mike's goaltender Peter Budaj will serve as the backup.

"I can't look back (at Toronto)," he said. "If it were up to me, I would have won two Vezinas and two Stanley Cups there. It didn't happen.

"It was easy to point the finger at me in Toronto. I accept that. I'm the goalie. But they didn't make the playoffs the year before I got there either.

"I've worked hard and got back to basics. I got sloppy last year. It was part mental, part physical. Now I have my confidence back. I feel I can make a difference each time I go on the ice."

Veterans targeted

Leafs coach Ron Wilson pulled no punches yesterday when it came to some of his slumping players.

"I haven't been nearly as hard on some of the veterans who are minus-1 or minus-2 every night," Wilson said.

That might change, just like the lines did at practice yesterday.

The revamped units included:

- Jason Blake-Dominic Moore-Jeremy Williams

- Nik Hagman-Matt Stajan-Lee Stempniak

- Nikolai Kulemin-Mikhail Grabovski-Nik Antropov

- Brad May-John Mitchell-Jamal Mayers

Williams, who has been injured the past few weeks, is a game-day decision.


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