After months of recuperation and rehabilitation, Mason Raymond was pumped to return to the ice last Thursday.
Then he found out just before game time that, because some documentation wasn't sent to the NHL in time, he would be forced to wait to return to the Vancouver lineup. But what are 72 more hours when your career could have ended six months earlier?
"I felt good overall," he said after a 5-1 win over Calgary on Sunday.
Coach Alain Vigneault liked what he saw.
"He had some good minutes, he had some real good shifts, he showed a lot of poise and was real confident with the puck," Vigneault said. "So I really liked his overall game tonight. I'm really pleased with how all that worked out."
Before Sunday, Raymond hadn't played since suffering a vertebrae compression when he was sent backward into the boards on a hit by Boston's Johnny Boychuk early in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. After spending most of the summer in a back brace, he knows he'll never be fully healed and ...