wow, that's one of the worst posts in this thread. Raymond absolutely has 3rd line value, he does play on the PK, and the year before he got hurt, he had the highest possession-based advanced metrics on the entire team. Do you actually watch the team?
It may be one of your least favourite posts, sure!
Listen, obviously you like the guy and that's fine. Cameo appearances due to the game or the roster circumstances do not make you a fixture or a role player. Nobody is discrediting how he came out the season before but the fact is, and you would agree, that he had a massive injury. And yes, we all watched the guy last season.
It's funny because you're wrong about basically everything.
There's a reason so many of the players on our team seemed like they took a step back, and that reason is lost off season training time. Some of that, is just from having such a long run. Mostly, though, it's from the injuries sustained. In today's NHL good players spend their summers bulking up and training for the next season. When you have serious injuries such as a torn hip labrum, or a broken back, that takes away from your ability to prepare your body for next year's campaign. His Broken back doesn't mean he's bad forever now. It means he was disadvantaged last season. This coming season is when we'll find out if he can regain his form.
Raymond prior to the back injury was valuable anywhere in our bottom 9, and on the PK. He was a 40-50+ point player who drove the play up the ice. He was worth 2.6 mil easy.
Basically, you are going with the injury excuses and the ghost of the seasons past. All your sentences are in past tense.
My point is, he is no "asset" now and his recovery path to his questionable potential is doubtful enough to deny him an offer. Why sign Richard Park 2.0 if you don’t have to. Wouldn’t you rather see a prospect take his roster spot, let alone half his salary?
Our best scenario is to include him in a deal that otherwise would have cost us a fourth rounder. A fourth rounder saved, is a fourth rounder earned.