The Vancouver Canucks haven’t showed much interest in bringing back unrestricted free agent winger Mason Raymond, according to the Vancouver Province’s Jason Botchford.
Botchford believes Raymond could be had for about $1.5 million a season and the Canucks have the cap space to offer him that kind of money.
The Canucks have just over $4.3 million in cap space with only restricted free agent defenceman Chris Tanev to re-sign.
Raymond and his agent, J.P. Barry, had a brief conversation with the Canucks back in June about returning, but those talks didn’t get anywhere. He was allowed to hit the open market on July 5.
This past season Raymond settled nicely into a third line, speedy, penalty killing winger role and part-time top-six forward. There doesn’t appear to be a spot for him on the Canucks third line, however.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has said the Canucks intend on infusing more young players into the lineup this upcoming season. The projected lineup looks like this:
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Zack Kassian
David Booth – Ryan Kesler – Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins – ??? – Jannik Hansen
Tom Sestito – Brad Richardson – Dale Weise
The only real position that is up for grabs is the third or fourth line centre position that is expected to go to 2009 first round pick Jordan Schroeder. Other positions would have to be earned and would involve pushing a player out of the lineup.