Vancouver Canucks Undecided About Re-Signing Mason Raymond

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The Vancouver Canucks have not yet decided if they want to re-sign left winger Mason Raymond, according to his agent J.P. Barry.

Barry told News 1130 Sports on Wednesday he spoke to Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman last week and will touch base again.

Raymond, 27, had a career season in 2009-10 putting up 25 goals and 53 points, earning him a two-year contract extension worth $5.1 million. He hasn’t been able to replicate that season’s success since. After suffering a fractured vertebrae in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, Raymond’s production dipped to only 20 points the following season. The Canucks filed for salary arbitration and reduced his salary to $2.275 million.

This past season, Raymond did slightly better putting up 22 points in 46 games, but it’s unlikely the Canucks will retain his services. Raymond, though, would like to remain with the organization.

“I started my career here and this is all I know and what I love,” Raymond told the Vancouver Sun. “I started my family here. I had my son here and it’s  been nothing but good to me. I’d love to remain a Canuck.”

At this point in his career, it doesn’t appear Raymond will be that top-six left winger they projected him to be when he was selected 51st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

He’s probably at best a third line, speedy, penalty killing winger and part-time top-six forward. The Canucks, on the other hand, are looking to infuse some young talent and add some size to the lineup.