Raymond Joins Leafs
A good general manager never forgets a good draft pick.
Mason Raymond was a solid second round pick for Dave Nonis when he was running the Vancouver Canucks, and now that Nonis is running the Maple Leafs, he's going to give Raymond a shot at earning a job in Toronto.
With centre Nazem Kadri a likely early training camp holdout, the speedy 27-year-old Raymond will come to the Leaf training camp this week on a professional tryout in hopes of earning a contract.
Raymond scored 10 goals for Vancouver while earning $2.275 million on a one-year extension, but wasn't re-signed by the Canucks.
His best season came in the 2009-10 season when he potted 25 goals for the Canucks. The next year, he suffered a serious neck injury in the Stanley Cup final when he was viciously bodychecked by Boston defenceman Johnny Boychuk. He was in a back brace for six weeks and didn't return to the Vancouver lineup until the following December.
If the Leafs do decide to sign him at the conclusion of his PTO, it's likely he'll earn $1 million or less.