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Pending UFA Raymond drawing interest: agent

Jul 3, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

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Speedy winger Mason Raymond, a pending unrestricted free agent, is drawing good interest from teams, agent JP Barry tells News 1130 Sports in Vancouver.

Raymond is not expected to return to the Canucks for next season. The 27-year-old was seen as a rising star in 2009-10 when he scored 25 goals in 82 games; however, his production has fallen in recent campaigns while facing criticism for operating too much on the perimeter, and also for some questionable decision-making with the puck.

In 2013, Raymond had 10 goals in 46 games. With a larger role in the offense, and if he can stay healthy, it’s feasible he could get back above the 20-goal mark.

Raymond earned $2.28 million last year.

“I think I’ll have some good discussions about Mason,” Barry told The Province recently. “He’s got a lot of speed and he had a good season. Also, the UFA market is not a deep one this year.”

  1. hosewater2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    He falls down alot. Just know that if your team signs him, you will see him fall down alot.

  2. steverolley - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    How can Gillis, knowing the salary cap was going down, knowing the Canucks have major cap issues, and knowing Raymond will at least want 3 million per year on his new contract, not have traded this guy for something. Now he walks and the Canucks who hype this guy for years are left with zero

    • salmon90 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Umm….because they had to play hockey games last year?

      • hosewater2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        SJ had to play hockey games and traded Ryane Clowe.

  3. DTF31 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I’d love to hear an agent say their crappy player is actually drawing no interest. Raymond is awful.

  4. alexbaymac - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Man, that window of opportunity is quickly closing out there in Van. Maybe they should just release the whole team & sell the franchise to Seattle.

    • alexbaymac - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I feel obligated to point out that the second sentence there was a tongue-in-cheek joke, you know, now that the whole ‘Yotes thing is settled . The first sentence? ….not so much of a joke. GM & Torts have their hands full (or empty, depending on POV) putting a competing group on the ice.
      I’m honestly glad to see Lu land back as 1st; I like him a lot more after seeing how he’s responded to the circus around him.

  5. loinstache - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Skates to be outside, spins around and then falls over or gives the puck up. Blazing fast but never seems to use it to create space in the offensive zone. Knocked over by a breeze. Could not score a timely or clutch goal to save his life. Can only score against Calgary. Ghost in the playoffs. Was given an extraordinarily long leash in Van to improve his game. Good riddance he’s gone.

  6. kingcobraman - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    he is good for opening the door to let teammates on and off the ice, also good for handing out drinks and towels…

  7. tfaltin - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Can someone who knows more than I do speak to the relationship Raymond had with AV? Seems like AV gave him chances. Essentially I’m wondering if the Rangers will make a modest play for him in free agency. I’d like to see the Rangers bottom 6 get faster. My number one wish is Stalberg for the third line.

  8. canucks30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Don’t expect anything out of him come playoff time.

    In other words, he’s the perfect for his hometown Calgary Flames

  9. drmcsexy - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I love how that if you aren’t an elite player, you’re worthless. Oh PHT commenters.

  10. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Please come to SJ

  11. ray2013 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    He hasn’t been the same player since he fractured his spine, but I hope he catches on somewhere.

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