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Trade speculation: Mason Raymond available?

Jan 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Time to throw another name in the ol’ trade rumor hat (we actually have a trade rumor hat at PHT headquarters; it’s a top hat and we wear it often) – though to be fair, this one’s not so much rumor as it’s speculation.

Canucks beat writer Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province suggests that speedy forward Mason Raymond might be made available prior to the Feb. 27 deadline:

He’s still young. He’s 26 years old and a former 25-goal scorer. He’s mature and well-liked, not only in the Vancouver Canucks locker-room but in the management offices at Rogers Arena, where the “speed kills” motto is so deeply entrenched it shouldn’t surprise anyone if it was said every time someone shook GM Mike Gillis’ hand.

What Mason Raymond is not, is producing. And that could mean his days in Vancouver are numbered.

Raymond is a pending RFA that’s been squeezed out of a top-six role by the Canucks’ acquisition of David Booth. He’s no longer getting much time on the power play, which is where he scored eight of his 25 goals in 2009-10, his best NHL season to date.

For a team that needs to get faster and has holes in the top six, Raymond could be a fit.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    He’s outperforming Kulemin at this point (in PPG), but then they’re saying he’s having a bad year too, maybe a straight swap?

  2. ruddigervancity - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    If Raymond goes it’s either for a dman or toughness up front. What about Boyle or Prust out of NYR, or Burish out of Dallas (if he can bury the hatchet with 8 or 9 of the Canucks first).

    • danphipps01 - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Boyle’s an idea. Bickel and Eminger, they come to mind. Edge Ballard out of the roster at long, long last, open him up for a trade elsewhere for an offensive player or something. But that might be underpaying for Raymond a little. Maybe. He’s kinda dicey, to be honest. Reliable defensively, but offensively… well, he’s pretty soft. At his best, he’s solid on the offense, but it seems like he’s too prone to floating around the edges.

  3. bigtganks - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Raymond is always muscled off the puck, and the play usually dies once he touches it.

    • rob1986s - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      True, but he can play alongside tougher, grittier forwards and act as offensive catalyst. Using his speed and shiftiness to open up the ice while his linemates muck it up along the boards.

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