A weird day full of rumours in the NHL, including a few about the Oilers getting a goalie. First off is Theodore, who apparently is having a running feud with Habs management and Bob Gainey. Some rumour had Schremp, Laraque and Conks for Theodore, which seems unlikely. Also, today from the Inside Hockey website about Andrew Raycroft, who mysteriously missed a game:
Raycroft was not available for comment but one source did say that Raycroft actually requested the time off and felt it was “best for his game.” While the Bruins and the source may have claimed that Raycroft’s absence was injury-related, suspicion was still prevalent amongst the press corps at practice and on hockey websites and internet chat rooms.
Edmonton Oilers scouts have been present at the Bruins last three games and rumors out of Edmonton and Boston are that the Oilers have contacted the Bruins about
acquiring the former rookie of the year.
On The INSIDE HOCKEY Radio Show this past Saturday, Hall of Fame hockey writer Russ Conway claimed both the Oilers and Canucks are interested in Raycroft. One specific rumor has the Bruins receiving Edmonton forward Raffi Torres and former UNH netminder Ty Conklin in a package involving Raycroft. Reached by phone, Raycroft’s agent Jordan Neumann claimed he had “no idea” his client missed practice and was missing the trip to Philadelphia. He also said that he heard “nothing regarding an imminent trade.”