Raymond is my favorite player, don't know why, just is. It sucked to think that he would probably not be a Canuck next year. When he was signed to a 1 year deal, I saw 2 possible outcomes..
1) He sucks, or at most is average. The Canucks say goodbye and Raymond searches for a contract with another team,
2) He plays like I always thought he could, 20-30 goal pace with solid defensive and PK play. Another team recognizes the skill and throws him an offer he can't refuse.
Raymond has a new kid, he doesn't make a lot of money (relatively) and he isn't exactly young anymore. He's not really in a position to accept a discount to stay with a team when there are better offers available. The Canucks are in a tight cap situation, the chances are, if he plays well, another team will be more than willing to outbid us for MayRays services (assuming he continues exceptional play).
A third scenario has recently presented itself....
Jordan Schroeder, these two together are fast, really really fast. They both have shown great passing between each other and have generated many chances thus far, all while providing steady defensive play.
Chemistry is something that's hard to come by, something Nucks management seems to treasure and hold onto.
My question is, if Raymond and Schroeder continue to shine as a duo, could it be enough for the Canucks to give Raymond a competitive enough contract to keep him here at season end?
Raymond was awesome last night. Winning pucks along the wall, the odd hit and a gorgeous dangle and pass on the Hansen goal. Really desrved the first star over Hansen last night,
Both Raymond and Schroeder are playing with great speed and winning puck battles against larger physical opponents.
Again Gillis has made a solid move in the patience and re-signing of Raymond. Looks to be recovered from his back injury and sustaining a good level of play so far this year. Can he sustain it? I for one think he can.