The Canucks have shown Raymond loyalty a few times now by re-signing him
I'd hope Raymond reciprocates by not being such a bloody floater of a player next season.
Wow, that is pretty heavy cursing Hockeyville?
Because Raymond is an RFA, we would have to qualify him meaning we have no choice but to offer 2.6 mil or let him walk as a UFA. But by taking him to arbitration it can go as low as 2.21. The max saving we can get is 15%. I'm hoping they get that 15% saving and then turn around and trade him.
I'd like to know if there is a mandatory term in this arbitration, 1 year, 2 year, 2??? Weber had 2 years, Parise 1. I would assume one year, but term also impacts the decision. Anyone know???
On the surface, taking a player to arbitration for lower pay seems like a harsh way to treat someone who is coming back from a very serious injury. BUT if Gillis informed Mason's camp that the intent is to keep him at 85% of this year's salary and protect him from arbitration, I can see Raymond appreciating that gesture.
I just hope this won't turn out to be another Willie Mitchel in the making.
In hindsight, Willie had a right to be mad. The Canucks made a business decision to sign other players because Willie did not have medical clearance. Really it was tactical, get players July 1 when available because Willie was not. I bet they would have liked to sign Willie, but were being conscientious to committing $'s. Would you sign a construction worker who could not walk a beam? Sounds harsh, but players and teams can secure injury insurance to protect wages...
Willie was a casualty, but really it looks like we wore the decision even if it sounded reasonable at the time.
And the situation was a bit different, Willie was a UFA.
Squire Barnes just reported on Global news at 6:30 that he heard that Raymond wants to go somewhere else, maybe Winnipeg. He gave a little blurb about the arbitration thing, then reiterated "I heard he wants to go somewhere else".
I could see a guy who broke his back for the team getting a bit bitter about arbitration?
Bigger picture > Willie left pissed, Lou is (heavily) rumoured to want out, CoHo is gone, Kesler has squawked a couple of times in response to AV (and possibly played disinterested this year). Add Raymond, and are we loosing our positive destination status?
I dont agree with SOB that team meetings at the Roxy were on the up, but????
And think about it, all could have had issues with injury management (cept Lou)!
More likely, he just see's a logjam forming at left wing (Danny,Booth,Higgins,Jensen,Raymond), and perhaps wants a landing spot with a bigger role!
The Canucks should just do what STL and PIT did last year with D'Agostini and Kennedy. Don't qualify either but signed them both on July 1st to "cheaper" deals.
This just in > Raymond was a free agent! Free agent means he can sign for whatever and wherever he wants.
a) He was RFA, IF we qualify him, that only meant we had the right to match any offer.
Key point, Raymond even NOW is completely free to sign a contract lower than the qualifying amount, including with us!
Maybe he would, if he got security from a longer term?
So we do not have to wait till July 1st to sign for less. In this case the qualifying amount is a bargaining chip to help keep his salary up. Taking him to arbitration reduces that leverage, even if just a little bit. Now he can only negotiate with the Canucks.