BOSTON — After coming off the ice at the completion of his morning workout at TD Garden, goaltender Andrew Raycroft retreated to the visiting locker room today.
There the Dallas Stars netminder was surrounded by a gaggle of media members, mostly from Boston, asking him to reflect on his brief career with the Bruins that ended with a June 2006 trade to Toronto.
“I mean, obviously things didn’t go well,” said Raycroft, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in ’03-04 but then fizzled out after the lockout. “So obviously you can go back and change things. But that’s life. That’s the way it goes, and you learn from it. I think I’ve enjoyed my career and enjoyed how things have gone so far and it was great to be here for as long as I was and it’s been fun to be other places too.”
Once seen as the goaltender of the future in Boston, Raycroft has been living mostly year to year since he left Toronto after two seasons for Colorado. He then spent a season in Vancouver before joining Dallas last summer on a two-year, $650,000 per season deal.
Entering tonight’s start against his old club, Raycroft had a 8-4-0 record with a 2.42 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. While he has carved out a decent enough NHL career, he hasn’t come near the heights foreseen for him when the Bruins finally gave him a chance to shine after three seasons with the Providence (AHL) farm club. Not playing during the lockout — mainly because of a CBA technicality involving his status as a restricted free agent — definitely set him back.
“Maybe I probably could’ve handled it better too,” said Raycroft, who then held out during training camp once the lockout ended. “You can go over and over and do a bunch of different things. But the reality is, there was a lockout, we ended up playing really poorly as a team the next year out of the lockout, and then we all got traded. That’s not going to change. That script’s not changing. That’s the way it went. … I’m more than fortunate to be able to have done what I have. I’m more than happy with it.”