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Raymond aims to ‘earn a spot’ with Leafs

Sep 9, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

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A former 25-goal scorer for the Vancouver Canucks, Mason Raymond’s goal is now to “earn a spot” with the Maple Leafs after Toronto handed the speedy winger a professional tryout.

Raymond spoke to Sportsnet 590’s David Alter recently (audio) and, among other things, said he never really entertained any offers to go play in Europe.

The 27-year-old unrestricted free agent also commented on his injury history, which includes a fractured vertebrae suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final versus Boston.

“Injuries are part of the game,” he said. “I’ve had a few, and I’ll probably have a few more.

“You fight through those, get stronger from them.”

Last year, Raymond had 10 goals in 46 games for the Vancouver Canucks.

In Toronto, he’ll hope to capitalize on the departures of Clarke MacArthur and Matt Frattin and find a spot on the left wing.

  1. swenny19 - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Sign him and Fransson so other teams can have at Kadri!!

    • imleftcoast - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      You’ll enjoy watching skate around the perimeter and floating a soft wrister into the goalie’s chest or pads. Kudos to him for making it back from a broken back, but he hasn’t been an impact player since the Cup Finals.

  2. loinstache - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Not that I can see it happening, but can you imagine if Nonis let Grabo and Kadri go while retaining Bolland and Bozak? As if we need to hear more lamentation from Leafs fans…

  3. blomfeld - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    This Raymond ‘shootout’ goal should have never been allowed !

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