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Stanley Cup Final

Canucks add Raycroft to the fold

Monday, 07.06.2009 / 3:19 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Vancouver Canucks shored up their goaltending depth Monday by signing veteran Andrew Raycroft to serve as Roberto Luongo's backup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Raycroft, 29, was 12-16 with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage for the Colorado Avalanche last season. He played in 31 games while Peter Budaj saw the majority of the action in net playing in 56 games.

The Canucks' goaltending situation turned tenuous when Jason LaBarbera left to sign with the Phoenix Coyotes. Cory Schneider remained the only other goalie in the organization with NHL experience, but his comes in the form of eight games he played this past season when both Luongo and former backup Curtis Sanford were injured.

In eight NHL seasons, Raycroft has played for three teams, including Toronto and Boston, and is 94-96-16 with six shutouts, a 2.90 GAA and .899 save percentage. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year in 2003-04 while with Boston.

Some of the top remaining goalies still left on the market include Martin Biron, Manny Fernandez, Martin Gerber, Olaf Kolzig, Kevin Weekes, Antero Niittymaki and Brent Johnson.

Contact Dan Rosen at drosen@nhl.com
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