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Mason Raymond Undervalued

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Mason Raymond has ten goals and nine assists and is plus 5 with the Leafs in 28 games. His skill set would have been very valuable to us this year. How did we come to undervalue him so much?

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He wasn't meant to be here. He's a scorer in the east, that's it.

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30 teams including the leafs undervalued him. No one offered him a contract until the end of training camp speaks volumes of where raymonds game was last year.

So far he looks like a different player looks like he needed a change of scenery to restart his career.

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If he was on the Canucks this season he would have around 6-7 points.

He needed a change... Like most Canucks do, Edler, Burrows, Booth, Luongo..

Oh boy I can't wait for the heat from this post..

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I was one of the minority who wanted him signed for 1.5mil.

What is done is done. Gillis thought he had given MayRay his chances and it was time to part as friends. I wish him all the best with the Leafs.

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Sometimes when you ask for too much, you end up being forced to take whatever bone is thrown your way. Clearly he felt he could be a top 6 forward again, but all 30 NHL GMs must have only saw a guy with a recently broken back who didn't have his game back together. Santorelli was in a similar situation, former top 6 producer who had lost his touch, so we got him for cheap.

Was it a mistake not to sign him? Yes, a mistake that 30 out of 30 GMs made, and only after that was he willing to take anything, including a PTO.

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Mason Raymond has ten goals and nine assists and is plus 5 with the Leafs in 28 games. His skill set would have been very valuable to us this year. How did we come to undervalue him so much?

Impatience after injury.

Macho fan posturing.

Chemistry with Kesler diminished.

Difficulty in general finding a role that fit him well here / tweener.

Appetite for a size and grit in the top 6.

That being said, Santorelli and Richardson haven't exactly left folks missing anyone - and they are both centers and strong in the faceoff circle, so they probably suit the needs of this team better than Raymond despite his predictable improvement.

p.s. this is probably Leafs talk now - and - if anyone needs an underpaid / undervalued player in their cap mix, it's that team.

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He needed a change of scenery and that's all there is to it. He did alright here but a change was needed for him to make a serious impact on an nhl team.

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He is a type of player that is built to play in the East, where the defensive game is more loose (as opposed to the tight-checking of the Western Conference).

Besides, what about the 29 other teams that didn't offer him a PTO, let alone sign him to a contract. Raymond had to sign a PTO with a Leaf's to earn his contract, and it's been working well for both teams.

Sure, he's doing great and I'm happy for him, but he wouldn't have fit on the Canucks. I love what he did here and wish that he didn't get injured, but his career as a Canuck was over and it was better for both parties to have him move on to another team.

EXACTLY.

Why is this so hard to grasp for many CDC'ers?

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Can't play against the West? Check out his goal last night against San Jose where he stole the puck from their defenseman and went in and scored.

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Mason Raymond has ten goals and nine assists and is plus 5 with the Leafs in 28 games. His skill set would have been very valuable to us this year. How did we come to undervalue him so much?

He is now in the east.

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too soft in the playoffs gets pushed off the puck and doesn't like backchecking...

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The Canucks have given him plenty of time to get himself together here and it seems that he just never was able to fit in Vancouver.

I'm happy he's doing well in Toronto and can actually flourish under a system that suits his style more.

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When he disappears as usual in the playoffs, we'll see exactly why we didn't offer Mr. Slip and Slide another contract.

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