Bottom line is, was the situation in Toronto bad? Sure. Was the situation in Boston Bad? Maybe. Either way, I don't claim to know everything about this guy, but the stats don't lie. He can't stay in the line up, as proven by his starting of basically 40 games per season. He can't be consitant, as proven by his robust 3.53 GAA and he obviously doesn't see the puck well (see .883 Save Pct.). Say what you will about our defense, and maybe they're better than Toronto's, however, with someone in net that's got as many holes as a slice of Swiss Cheese, we're bound to be in trouble. Hackett has some work to do, and Boods needs to step it up.
Can you tell me you're happy with this signing? If you can then more power to you, I just can't get with it. We didn't need Huet or anyone like that, but someone with better numbers would have been nice.
What this means is that Budaj will finally be expected to be the #1 guy. And now that Q and his goalie carousel is no longer around, Budaj will be allowed to actually fulfill his potential as a starter.
Emery brings a lot of emotional baggage with him and a questionable work ethic. Sure, he went to the cup final, but Ottawa's team was not a slouch. Reminded me of Detroit, in that their forwards/defense could take most of the pressure off of him. He did steal a couple games, but his last year really soured my opinion of him. He seemed like he was entitled to the position.
Raycroft, while generally a soft goaltender, was a decent guy in Toronto who couldn't handle the pressure.
Interesting to note that Raycroft signed for $800k which is exactly what Budaj makes this year, although he only has a $700k cap hit. They will obviosuly treat this as a training camp battle for number one.
I would also like to think that they didn't go after Huet for both monetary reasons, and to leave open the possibilty to lure Miller her next summer, if Buffalo doesn't resign him. They can then either trade Budaj and resign Raycroft as backup, or keep Budaj and let Raycroft go.
Either way, I'm not too disapointed with this signing. I don't have too high of expectations for Razor, but with Huet going to Chicago for a fairly high price tag, and Theo not giving enough of a crap about the Avs sticking with him and helping him, I would have prefered Budaj as our starter over the other guys out there. Raycroft still has a bit of potential, and if he can't get back to it, he will be a decent backup.
i like it, and i called it a few days ago, raycroft is a solid goalie
No, he isn't. As a Leafs fan who watches 50-60 games a year, I've seen plenty of Rayzor.
He's horrendous. His glove is awful, his positioning is suspect and the wheels have clearly come off mentally.
This wasn't just a Toronto thing either. He had a tremendous rookie year with Boston before the lockout. He was (by most accounts) terrible during his stint in Finland during the lockout. Then he had a brutal second NHL season, to the point he was sent down to the minors. His GAA that season was 3.70. Hoping that the rookie year was the true Raycroft, the Leafs got him. With two more lousy years on the books, his one good NHL season was now five years ago. Remember Jim Carey? Went from Vezina Trophy to basically out of hockey in about 3 years. It happens with goalies.
Great move. I think he'll benefit from a change in scenery. You could tell he felt so much pressure in the media crazy Toronto market. I think he's capable of returning to his Calder trophy winning form. I wouldnt be suprised if he and Budaj split the games and Raycroft eventually becomes the starter down the stretch.
That's what Leafs fans thought too when he was traded to Toronto.....
i live in toronto and although im not a leafs fan ive seen raycroft play a fair share of games since hes come here, and he is terrible. not only does he have bad stats, he seems to let in goals at the worst time possible...budaj better step it up, or mabye the avs shud try to trade for a guy like khabibulin now that chicago got huet
A great rookie season seems to give Raycroft a new chance after another, although he has been a major underachiever for 4 years. I predict that Avs will become the fourth team (incl. Tappara of FNL during the lockout season) in a row that does not find any use for Raycroft´s services pretty soon after seeing his contribution in the ice. At least he was not overpaid this time.
Ironically, Raycroft always reminded me of Aebischer.
Aebischer is better.
Raycroft is absolutely horrible. Not only he is slow if he needs to get up from the ice but his glove hand is a nightmare he has an awfull attitude and he lets in the softest goals in the worst times. Raycroft in one word: HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!
Some of the Leafs fans say he was bad because he couldnt handle the pressure in Toronto but he is a decent goalie: its not true! He is horrible!
Raycroft is a former teammate of Avalanche goalie coach Jeff Hackett. The two played together for the Bruins in 2002-03. The Avs are hoping Hackett will be able to help resurrect Raycroft's career the way he did for former Canadiens teammate Theodore.