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Raymond signs with Canucks: one year, $2.275 million

Jul 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks didn’t have to go to arbitration to successfully reduce Mason Raymond’s salary. The speedy winger has signed a one-year, $2.275 million contract, down from the $2.6 million he earned last season.

In June, the Canucks filed so-called “cutdown” arbitration in an effort to lower Raymond’s salary to as low as $2.21 million.

The 26-year-old didn’t get much more than that, but at least he doesn’t have to go to arbitration and hear all the reasons his team feels he deserves a pay cut.

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.

His best season was 2009-10 when he scored 25 times and added 28 assists, after which he inked a two-year, $5.1 million deal.

  1. kitshky - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Raymond is either the nicest human being alive …or has blackmail pictures of Canucks brass.

    Not saying I don’t wish the best for him but I just don’t understand where the undying loyalty this organization has for him comes from.

    • Jason Brough - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Well, the alternative is letting him walk away as an unrestricted free agent. Might as well get him under contract, unless you think it would be impossible to trade him. (I don’t.)

      • kitshky - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Ya no I hear ya, there no reason to let him walk when at the very least you can toss him into a package deal… and if he does happen to score 30 goals then ya got ya self a hell of a deal.

        Ya gotta admit tho, ya he was horribily injured, but I haven’t seen anyone get the ice time (PP in particular) or be thought of as a 30 goal scorer without ever actually earning the reputation. I like Raymond but …just saying.

  2. sergeikremlin - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    The reward outweighs the risk on this deal.

    Raymond is a 26-year old with great speed who is coming off of a shortened season following a devastating injury the left him in a back brace. Taking a small pay cut to remain with the team that drafted and developed him, on a one-year contract, so he can try to return to form seems like the most logical idea to me.

    The Canucks can either keep him or deal him at some point in the season, but whichever path they go down, they’ll be hoping that Raymond regains his form and more importantly, his value as an asset. Right now he is still labelled as damaged goods.

  3. elvispocomo - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    The other factor is Raymond is good friends with Garrison, who signed with the Canucks in part from the discussions they had. It wouldn’t look good to sign Garrison then dump Raymond right after, so I’d bet he starts the season with the team and they give him a shot to see if he can return to form.

    He can be effective if he’s putting up over 40 points a year, since he does well on the PK and has speed. If he’s not producing at that rate, for long stretches or goes missing in the playoffs like he has previously, then he doesn’t bring enough elsewhere to be effective as a bottom 6 player.

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