The Maple Leafs have signed Mason Raymond to a one-year, $1 million contract after a strong showing from the 28-year-old winger in his preseason tryouts.
You can’t get too carried away by preseason production, but the versatility Raymond seems to offer and the two-way responsibility he demonstrated – with several strong backchecks and good plays off the half board in the defensive zone, plus his ability to serve on the second penalty killing unit if need be – suggests this was too useful of a player for the Leafs not to sign at such an affordable price.
There was some suggestion going in that Raymond was all speed but little else, like our old friend Matthew Lombardi. While his speed on its own creates opportunities, he showed some vision and the ability to stop up and make nice plays throughout preseason.
The Leafs also just lost a member of their top 6 forwards in David Clarkson for the first 10 games of the season, pending the official suspension, so there’s no doubt the depth is needed.
Where does this leave Cody Franson? Who knows. This leaves the Leafs with around $1,000,000 in cap space with a 23-man roster. The Clarkson suspension means the Leafs need to carry at least 21 just to ice a full lineup. Demoting Liles to the Marlies could open an additional $925,000, but getting Franson under contract without a cap-clearing move first seems impossible regardless. It seems no amount of waiving, demoting, or fidgeting with the roster limit allows enough space for Franson unless there is a trade.
Something has to give, whether it’s moving somebody like Liles, who looks increasingly redundant with the blueline depth on display this preseason, or Cody Franson himself.
This was a no-brainer.. Kid plays with speed and heart. Leafs still need cap relief for Franson though.
Lmao, cue the ppl complaining about 75 grand hahah. Eff yeah though, love the signing, hes gonna shutup a LOT of ppl this yr im excited. Kids got a great attitude, and comes from an organization that has some recent playoff experience.
Question for my hockey pool, which pairing would you guys rather have? Seguin and Goligoski or Thornton and Boyle?
Also Idk how we are getting franson in now. The only scenario tat comes to mind is trading likes +colborne to cgy for cap relief
@Savo43 Yeah good pick up for sure, ($ is no brainer) He will be used by Carlyle and should be a 15-20+ goal scorer hopefully.
@Black_Hawk Colbourne reminds me strangely like Joe Thornton, it scares me to think of what kind of a player he will be in a 2-3 years. (not saying 114 point season) But he could be quite good.
@Black_Hawk You can't get rid of Colborne. He only makes 600 grand and if one of our centers goes down we'll need him. Hell Bolland is injured as we speak. Trading Colborne is not the answer. Perhaps Liles with Blacker or Holzer to entice someone.
@Black_Hawk Yeah. But 1 year 1 million isn't exactly a "get comfortable" contract.