The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Mason Raymond to a one-year, $1 million contract.

As expected, the Leafs sign Mason Raymond to a one-year contract.

As expected, the Leafs sign Mason Raymond to a one-year contract.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hands up, everyone who is shocked by this.  It’s been rumored for a couple of weeks now that the Leafs would sign Raymond to a one-year deal around $1 million.  

While Raymond had the misfortune of becoming a UFA in a weak market with a declining salary cap, he made the most of his training camp invitation with the Leafs, becoming one of their best players during the preseason.  

Raymond is motivated to prove himself this season as a top-six winger, which could provide a nice boost to the Leafs scoring punch this season.  A strong performance should also boost his free agent value in next summer’s market, when the cap is certain to rise again.  

Raymond’s signing, however, raises questions about holdout defenseman Cody Franson’s future with the club, as this signing leaves the Leafs with less than $1 million in cap space.

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3 Responses to Maple Leafs Sign Mason Raymond.

  1. JJB says:

    I also wonder how it leaves their forward groups as well. I mean Raymond will be a nice addition for the oft injured Lupul … but I can’t see him starting in the top 6. Something like?

    Lupul – Bozak – Kessel
    JVR – Kadri – Clarkson
    Raymond – Bolland – Kulemin
    McClaren – McClement – Ashton

  2. Aki Berg says:

    Well he’s starting in the top 6 now with clarkson out, then like you said someone will probably get injured. Good depth move

  3. Steve says:

    I’m sure he can fill in for Kessel as he is under immediate suspension until the leage meets.

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