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Canucks Want Raymond, But…

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks decided Wednesday that they’ll hang onto Mason Raymond.

Raymond, who turns 27 in September, is coming off a tough season – 10 goals and 20 points in 55 games – after suffering a serious back injury a year ago in the Stanley Cup final against Boston.

The Canucks filed for rarely used cut-down arbitration on the lightning fast winger, with the intention of reducing the $2.6 million in salary he made last season on a new one-year deal.

The move allows the club to take Raymond off the market on July 1 when he was due to become a restricted free agent. They can ask an arbitrator to cut Raymond’s salary in his new contract by as much as 15 per cent, to $2.21 million. There is no ceiling on such an award, though it’s hard to see Raymond getting a raise.

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