zombieksa Posted August 1, 2013 Share Posted August 1, 2013 We all know Raymond. Falls down. Shows signs of brilliance. Falls down some more. We also know that Raymond has been with this organization for a fair few years, and while the prospect of being able to sign to any team via free agency may be appealing to some, especially being young and having two teams from your home province in the midst of a rebuild, Raymond has yet to come to terms with another team. While not all players of Raymond's stature can find fits quickly, one has to wonder why a young, very fast, penalty killing forward has yet to be signed to a team, especially when an obvious fit would be a team he can single-handly dismantle in the Calgary Flames, a team which has many players he trains with. I believe the answer is simple. Not only has he spent his entire career with Vancouver. his best buddy in the world Mr. Garrison has finally joined the squad. Watching your best friend join your team long term must be very exciting especially in a league where only the best of the best make the league, and there is no assurance you will ever be on the same team as them. So you can understand the bitter-sweet feeling Mason may be feeling when after a lockout fueled short season and only a handful of games playing with your best friend, you fall out with your organization and management decides to go in a different direction. I believe Raymond believes he can still be a Canuck. I also believe he has more than likely turned down offers from other teams so he can try and stay. I do not believe he would be willing to take league minimum in order to stay for if he did, MG would have jumped on that the minute it was an option. Still I think he is waiting for an offer fair to his talents so he can remain with a best friend he was shortly reunited with, and a strong core he has grown up with. These are just my two cents and at a reasonable contract, I would take him back in a second... ...Just to destroy the Flames over and over and over again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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