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Leafs sign Raymond — one year, $1 million

Sep 23, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Mason Raymond has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The speedy winger’s agent, JP Barry, confirmed the deal to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The contract is worth $1 million, according to David Alter of 590 The Fan.

“Based on Mason’s play in the preseason, we feel he fits in well with our group and will have a significant role on our team,” said general manager Dave Nonis in a release. “We agreed to terms over the weekend and look forward to him making a strong contribution this season.”

Raymond originally arrived at Leafs camp as an unrestricted free agent on a professional tryout. The 28-year-old has 178 career NHL points in 374 games, all with the Vancouver Canucks.

The focus in Toronto will increasingly turn now to restricted free agent Cody Franson; the 26-year-old defenseman is still without a contract, and the scarce amount of cap space is even scarcer after Raymond’s addition.

The Leafs are expected to be without winger David Clarkson for the first 10 games of the season after he left the bench to join a line brawl last night versus the Sabres.

Related: Suspensions will affect Toronto’s salary cap situation

  1. davebabychreturns - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Been a tough offseason for journeymen with a couple straight tough seasons under their belt, but Raymond is definitely an NHLer and its good to see him finally catch on somewhere.

    • kaptaanamerica - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      The guy was useless in Vancouver.never would do anything offensively, just get chances and not bury them.was a perimeter player too many times. I wish Canucks had kept Grabner and traded this guy instead.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        22 points last year and a career high of 53 points before some injuries slowed him down tend to point to him being at least slightly useful, unlike your completely negative post. If Raymond was so bad why would Florida have even wanted him involved in the Ballard trade instead of Grabner?

  2. sjtorpitt - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I have no f-ing idea how this guy was unsigned for this long, especially at $1mil. I’d take him on SJ for double that amount instead of 2.5 mil for one goal out of Burish.

  3. 19to77 - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Seriously? He was willing to sign that low and it took this long for someone to pitch an offer?

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    There’s a nice simple solution to the roster hole from Clarkson’s suspension. Lupul can play either wing, so move him to Clarkson’s RW spot and Raymond on LW. Joe Colborne and McClememt can fill in on the 3rd or 4th where needed.

  5. capsfan19 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Great signing. Whats there to lose?

    • jl9830 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Cody Franson?

      • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Leafs can’t loose him without getting a draft pick back. They’d be fine with that as it would have to be a first round pick to get Franson.

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