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Vancouver’s Raymond signs in Sweden

Dec 27, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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Mason Raymond has become the fourth Canuck to sign overseas during the lockout, inking a deal with Swedish second division team Orebro.

Raymond, 27, has reportedly signed an 11-game, month-long contract with Orebro that will begin on Jan. 3.

The speedy winger is coming off a tough campaign with Vancouver, missing the first two months of the season while recovering from a severe back injury suffered during Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

All told, Raymond played 50 games in 2011-12, racking up 10G-10A-20PTS.

With Orebro, he’ll be skating alongside Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and ex-NHL forward Jared Aulin, a former Colorado draftee that saw time with the Kings in 2002-03.

Both Raymond and Aulin are from Alberta, and both are alumni of the same Triple-A bantam team in Medicine Hat.

As mentioned above, “MayRay” becomes just the fourth Canuck to have signed an overseas deal during the lockout, joining goalie Cory Schneider (Switzerland) and fellow forwards Dale Weise (with Tillburg in the Dutch league) and Jannik Hansen (with Tappara of Finland’s SM-liiga.)

  1. swizzler16 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    so if Raymond is the third Canuck overseas, does that mean that one of Schneider, Weise or Hansen is no longer a Canuck?
    Schneider has been traded????
    breaking news

    • Mike Halford - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Math is not my strong suit.

  2. blomfeld - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM


    I once had a good friend from Orebro way back in the early 80’s when I was living in Goteborg, but that’s besides the point. And no, Schneider’s not going anywhere. The guy who’s already been traded is Luongo, which is probably the “worst” kept secret today in all of Vancouver. Anyway, that’ll be announced circa “5 seconds” after the new CBA is announced. Speaking of which …

    *** BREAKING NEWS !!! ****

    The 2012-13 season starts with the puck dropping at 1500 hrs EST on Saturday, January 19th … for those in need of a source, simply turn on your television sets and select any “Canadian” based news channel such as TSN or CBC …

    Assorted friends – The above is what they were saying last night on the local news here, without reservation or the least bit of hesitancy. In fact, I’ve been hearing the same thing on both TV and radio for a number of days now (Team 1040, The Fan 590, etc) … and the contrast with the “collective” doubt of a forum like our PHT here couldn’t be starker. Be happy everybody as this crap is going to come to an end shortly ! :)

    • kirkmcleansbaby - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Ummmm……nothing of the sort has been on the radio or ANYWHERE on the internet for that matter!! Team 1040 has NOT reported this….that’s a lie! Are you sure you just weren’t dreaming Blomfeld?!?

      • kitshky - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        @kirkmcleansbaby … First of all, best. name. ever.

        Secondly …yaaa blomfeld I think you’ve finally completely lost it.

        I listen to the Team pretty much all day every day and they have absolutely never said that. Outside of perhaps a “Hockey Insider” giving an opinion that it could perhaps start mid Jan there’s been literally nothing even close to his “inside scoop”.

        Tighten it up blomfeld!

      • blomfeld - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        Blomfeld: who are these two riders that question our message ?

        Ten Bears: they could be soldiers from Fort Langley ?

        Crazy Dog: they’re all alone .. let’s kill them !

        Blomfeld: no .. I know these men and they are good .. we will talk to them


        Kitshky & Mclean – In all seriousness I saw this on TSN’s panel last night. At first I went … “huh? .. what the hell’s going on here?” … and then I realized that obviously these guys in the Canadian media know a helluva lot more than they’re letting on. It’s the same thing in recent days on 1040 with guys like B-Mac, Price and company. They’re all talking “beyond” the CBA resolution and instead already discussing the coming condensed season, etc. The thing you have to remember is that hockey “stateside” is still viewed by the US media with a certain “ah, isn’t that cute” kind of attitude, which is in stark contrast to what Canadian media says and feels. And that’s fine by me, as I still prefer coming to an American news source (MSNBC) for my information regardless. The point is that a deal is obviously already in place and so we’re now just waiting for the official announcement to be made, which I believe is just a few days away now … :)

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