Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/6/12
The curious case of Mason Raymond Even Google knows when the NHL trade deadline is.  ”I googled it”. – “The NHL Trade Deadline is on Monday, February 27, 2012.” A couple weeks ago, Jason Botchford explored the possibility that Mason Raymond was Michael Grabner 2.0. He saw Raymond as a luxury player for the top six that at the same time wasn’t built for a bottom six role. In the same article, Ray Ferraro comments that by simple elimination Raymond was the Vancouver Canucks  forward suitable as trade bait. The first line isn’t going anywhere, neither is the American Express line, and nobody on the bottom six has any trade value aside from Jannik Hansen and Cody Hodgson. The latter definitely isn’t going anywhere while the former has a deeply entrenched spot on the team. The blueline meanwhile isn’t in a position to trade assets aside from possibly Keith Ballard, but with that contract you’re doubtful to get much of value back without sweetening the pot. So it comes back to Mason Raym
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