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Canucks file for “cutdown” arbitration with Mason Raymond

Jun 13, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

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According to multiple reports, the Vancouver Canucks have filed “cutdown” arbitration for winger Mason Raymond.

As the term “cutdown” may suggest, the Canucks want to pay Raymond less than he made last season ($2.6 million).

How much less? Well, the CBA says a team can’t request a salary reduction of greater than 15 percent, so the Canucks can’t argue for anything less than $2.21 million.

Of course, Raymond gets to make his case as well, after which the arbitrator delivers a verdict.

TSN”s Darren Dreger notes that the Canucks cannot walk away from the verdict. However, they do have the option of trading the speedy forward before or after arbitration.

Raymond had a disappointing 10 goals and 10 assists in 2011-12. Granted, he only made 55 appearances after missing the first part of the season with a serious back injury that was suffered in the Stanley Cup finals.

The 26-year-old’s best season was 2009-10 when he scored 25 times and added 28 assists.

“Mason is an important part of our team,” Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman told the Vancouver Sun, “and we plan for Mason to be a component of this team going forward.”

  1. canuckswino - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Needs to be traded – not a fit in an already undersized top-9 forward group of the Canucks.

  2. sergeikremlin - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    If they can lock Raymond up for 2.25 it’s worth it to give him at least another kick at the can this season.

    At the very worst you have a low cap hit, short term, on a player who can skate like the wind and play in all situations. Maybe he finds that 25-goal touch and confidence again, or maybe he doesn’t and you have an asset who has now proved he is fully recovered and healthy to move at the deadline.

    Either way, I think he deserves another shot after coming back from his injury last year. That speaks volumes of his character how he handled that situation.

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