I've come to the conclusion that if you are on here defending the way that Mason Raymond plays hockey, then you yourself know NOTHING about hockey!! Raymond is useless. He brings the players around him down. He kills momentum and scoring chances. He falls down all the time. He is not good defensively. His shot sucks. He NEVER looks to pass. He takes low percentage shots from terrible angles that never have a chance. He is NOT THAT FAST.
Sorry for the rant but I am still waiting for someone to explain to me why he is an asset to our team.
And stop playing the injury card.
The problem you have is that you only see the scoresheet. Raymond was one of our best forwards not named Sedin against the Kings. Yet the so called beasts in Kesler, Burrows, Lapierre, Higgins, were utterly invisible that entire series.
You want facts, fine:
- the teams best and fastest skating forward.
- he is excellent in transition
- he uses that speed to gain the offensive zone and blow up defensive zone coverage, He is one of the few players on the team who does this well
- he is one of the teams best forecheckers, and is almost always the first player back on the backcheck
- he never takes a shift off
- unlike Booth (who makes nearly 2 million more) he actually plays defence and has shown chemistry with Kesler.
- he is very good on the PK.
There have been numerous videos already posted showing the skill that Raymond possesses, so I dont feel the need to reiterate them. Did he have a down year? Sure he did, after having his back busted. Booth and Kesler were also massive disappointments last season but they get a break for being injured, even though that make almost double what Raymond does?
Kesler was the one who brought down the 2nd line last season, not Raymond. Kesler was more of a disappointment and he came back from a far less serious injury. He was supposed to be the anchor for that line, and it seemed he completely forgot how to utilize his wingers.
Raymond deserved another shot with this team. Had the team just let him walk, it would have reflected very poorly on the organization for giving up a player who literally broke his back for this team. You dont think other NHL players would take notice of that? That perhaps his team mates might take notice of that?
You seem to have this misconception that everything is black and white, the problem is you have no ability to read between the lines. Just like the other Raymond haters on the CDC ,your blind biased is both pathetic and ignorant. Youre not a real fan, your just a bitter person looking for a scapegoat.