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