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Raycroft stays home

Decision not to take goalie to Philly fuels speculation

Goalie Andrew Raycroft won't be with the Bruins tomorrow night in Philadelphia, fueling speculation that the club might be looking to deal the 2003-'04 Rookie of the Year.

According to head coach Mike Sullivan, the 25-year-old Raycroft did not make the trip to Philadelphia today because the goalie's ailing right knee needs time to heal. Raycroft banged the leg earlier this month, but was not sidelined, and was last seen in net when the Bruins suffered back-to-back hammerings to the Sharks and Kings last week on Causeway Street. He was relieved by backup Tim Thomas in both games.

The Bruins called up rookie Jordan Sigalet from Providence (AHL) to fill in for Raycroft. Hannu Toivonen, one of their top two goalies, remains sidelined with an ankle sprain.

Around the league, both the Colorado Avalanche and Vancovuer Canucks are believed to be looking for goaltending help. The Bruins have dealt with the Avs before, most notably when they dished then captain Ray Bourque for Brian Rolston on March 6, 2000.

The Bruins remain in desperate need of gaining ground in the Eastern Conference if they are to make the playoffs. They have picked up three points in their last two games, going with Thomas (tomorrow night's starter) in an OT loss to Dallas a win over the Ducks.

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