TSN.CA reported this evening the Vancouver Canucks have filed “cutdown” arbitration with winger Mason Raymond, who was slated for restricted free agent status on July 1, rather than make him a qualifying offer. As per the website: ” Raymond made $2.6 million and the arbitrator may not award a salary less than 85% of that amount or $2.21 million. It’s a Club Elected Salary Arbitration for players who were making more than $1.5 million per season.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting move by the Canucks, who evidently want to re-sign Raymond, but not for over what he earned this season, and if the arbiter agrees, could result in a reward considerably less than that. It’s my understanding that, if Raymond doesn’t agree to accept the arbiter’s decision, he becomes a UFA. Should be interesting to see how this plays out.
The Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe reports via Twitter the Jets have re-signed center Jim Slater to a contract extension, reportedly a three-year deal. Financial terms
pending are an average annual cap hit of $1.6 million.