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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Leafs re-sign new goalie Raycroft to three-year deal

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Ten days after acquiring Andrew Raycroft, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday signed the 2004 Calder Trophy-winning goaltender to a three-year, $6 million contract.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L T SV% GAA
30 8 19 0 .879 3.71

On June 24, the Maple Leafs dealt goaltending prospect Tuukka Rask to the Boston Bruins for Raycroft, who will replace Ed Belfour.

Selected in the fifth round of the 1998 draft, Raycroft had a stellar rookie season in 2003-04, going 29-18-9 with three shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

But the 26-year-old Ontario native struggled mightily in his sophomore campaign, posting a record of 8-19-2 with a 3.71 GAA and .879 save percentage while battling injuries.

The development of Hannu Toivonen and the solid play of Tim Thomas allowed Boston to part with Raycroft.

The 19-year-old Rask was drafted 21st overall by Toronto in 2005. Last season in his native Finland, he went 12-8-7 with a 2.09 GAA for Ilves Tampere.

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.