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Canucks re-sign Mason Raymond for two more years

Five minutes before the Canucks were set to lock horns in an arbitration battle with Mason Raymond the two sides came to an agreement and Raymond signed a two year deal worth $5.1 million.  Raymond will earn $2.5 million in the first year of the contract and $2.6 million in the second to average out to a Canuck-friendly salary cap average of $2.55 million per season.  It was previously believed the 24-year old Raymond could have been seeking in excess of $3.5 million on the deal.

This new deal sees Raymond’s salary nearly triple; as the Cochrane, Alberta native earned only $850,000 (including performance based bonuses) last season.  Such a substantial raise comes with Raymond stepping into a top 6 forward role with the Canucks last season and posting career highs in goals (25), assists (28), and points (53) playing in all 82 games. 

Raymond was drafted by the Canucks 51st overall in 2005.

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