The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Mason Raymond to a 1-year contract. Terms of the contract have not yet been released, but it has been widely speculated the Raymond would sign for around $1-million (h/t TheScore). Check out our Raymond Player Preview here.
Raymond had been in training camp with the Maple Leafs on a Professional Try Out (PTO) contract, and had clearly earned himself a spot with his play thus far in the preseason.
With the impending suspension of winger David Clarkson, Raymond’s early season role may be increased with him sliding into a more familiar role in the Leafs top-6, giving him an ample opportunity to prove to the NHL that he is deserving of a much larger contract come next season when the salary cap inevitably rises and teams can once again afford to not squeeze out the “middle class”.
Raymond, a former 25-goal scorer for the Vancouver Canucks, was unable to find a suitor in the offseason after becoming an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. Raymond failed to live up to his potential in Vancouver, as the Canucks rightly expected the world out of the supremely talented winger.
Now with the Leafs, after not being able to get a guaranteed contract, Raymond is poised to be a bargain for the Maple Leafs whom will be paying him barely more than what face puncher Colton Orr is set to receive. If Raymond can be half the player that he was for the Canucks, this signing can be considered an absolute win for the Leafs.
Per @FarhanLaljiTSN – Raymond deal is 1-year, $1-million
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
Yup. It’s $1-million…it’s astounding Raymond couldn’t get more, you have to love this deal for the Leafs.