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Could Raymond make the move to NYC?
Earlier this week we had a look at Maxim Lapierre and whether he might be a player that follows his former coach Alain Vigneault to New York this summer. Another such candidate – and like Lapierre, a pending free agent – is Mason Raymond. The prospect of Raymond may excite fans a little more than the loyal foot soldier that is Lapierre.
Raymond has skill and a scoring touch, although his recent returns haven’t been impressive. This season Raymond had just 22 points (10 goals) in 46 games during the regular season, while playing close to sixteen minutes per game (1.51 P/60). Raymond, who can play both wings, has previously managed a fifty point season during the one season he played a full calendar (82 games, in 09-10). He’s played 55, 70, and 72 games in each of his other seasons.
Despite playing for a perennial powerhouse in Vancouver, the 27-year-old winger never fully established himself as a top six forward, although it should be argued that the Canucks have always had a lot of competition for spaces. Raymond is a guy could benefit from a change of scenery –much like Derick Brassard did– and his ability to play both wings will surely find him new employment if he does indeed look for that change of scenery. Considering Vancouver’s pending cap problems, that change of scenery could also be Raymond simply pricing himself out of town.
Given his declining production (over the past two seasons) there’s no guarantees that Raymond will even want to follow his former coach to New York, but different line mates and a different locale may be all the change that Raymond needs to get back to 50-point standard. The tricky thing for potential suitors is deciding what edition of Raymond they would be getting. Is the 2009-10 version a one-off, or are multiple 50-point, 20-goal seasons merely waiting to be released?
Adding Raymond could give the Rangers added scoring depth and provide flexibility (again, given his ability to play both sides) and he could potentially be a secondary option for the powerplay, given his 18 points gained on with the extra man in his standout 2010 season. When given the opportunity Raymond will shoot; during the 2010 season he registered over 200 shots so it’s no coincidence it was his most productive year.
The concerns around Raymond – apart from the isolated one year production – could focus on his lack of physicality, his injury proneness and streaky scoring. Raymond made $2.275m last year, quite a chunk of cash for a guy entering free agency on the back of 22 and 23 point seasons. Throw in the lack of quality forwards this summer, he’ll be able to command that kind of remuneration –and probably more– whether with the Canucks or elsewhere.
From a Rangers perspective questions need to be asked whether Mason Raymond is what this team needs: Is he yet another player with potential, but one that is not physically imposing, and one that would join the Rangers with question marks? In a week free agent market, at 27 and with a 50-point season on his resume, Raymond will find work. Whether it’s in New York remains to be seen, but depth is certainly a glaring issue for the Rangers. If price isn’t prohibitive, adding a former 25-goal scorer to a low risk contract makes sense, especially when factoring in the familiarity with the coaching staff.
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From News 1130 Sports in Vancouver:
JP Barry the agent for #Canucks u-f-a Mason Raymond says he had a brief talk with#Canucks assistant gm Lawrence Gillman last week.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) June 19, 2013
Barry was told the #Canucks have not decided yet on whether they will make Raymond an offer or not.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) June...
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Ulf Samuelsson is a leading candidate to be hired as one of Alain Vigneault’s assistants. Samuelsson, who was the head coach of Modo (SEL) last season, has apparently left that job. moved to Phoenix and his looking for a job in the NHL.
The former Rangers defenseman was an assistant in Phoenix from 2006 through 2011.
The Rangers have announced that they will hold a press conference tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall starting at 11 a.m. to officially announce that Alain Vigneault has been named the 35th head coach in franchise history.
The press conference will be carried live on MSG.Network.
It is rumored that Vigneault's contract is for five-years, $10 million.
...with the Stanley...
The search is over. The at times meandering hunt for a new head coach for all intents and purposes ended Saturday with Alain Vigneault agreeing in principle to helm the Rangers. Of course, it took the threat of an excellent competing offer, rumored to be for five years for the Blueshirts to act, but it's clear by the commitment they made Vigneault while ignoring other candidates...
The Rangers have announced that they will introduce Alain Vigneault as the new head coach Friday afternoon during a press conference from Radio City Music Hall. Vigneault officially signed his five-year $10 million contract this week. It is assumed that the Rangers may announce the assistant coaches at this press conference. Previous head coach John Tortorella was fired shortly after...
One week after Alain Vigneault emerged as the leading coaching candidate, the New York Rangers hired him Friday to replace the fired John Tortorella.
Vigneault agreed to a five-year contract. He was introduced during a news conference at Radio City Music Hall.
Vigneault was the choice of team president and general manager Glen Sather from a group that included former Rangers captain...
Don’t expect a huge difference in performance under Vigneault.
With Alain Vigneault on board, the Rangers are likely going to be changing their styles of play. But with that style change comes understanding what that change will bring. This is something we’ve covered a few times here, but it’s worth digging deeper into the puck possession metrics to see how exactly the Rangers...
Here's video of Alain Vigneault's opening statement during his introductory press conference this morning...
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
...i don't know all that much about Vigneault, but he seems like a very intelligent guy who allows his players to play to their strength. Which is always a good...
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Alain Vigneault as the team’s new Head Coach. “Alain Vigneault has had success throughout his career and his coaching style is a perfect fit for the Rangers,” said Sather in making the announcement. “We feel very fortunate to have [...]
Alain Vigneault was officially introduced today as the Rangers coach. Heading in to the press conference, there was some speculation that players and/or management would be there, with those who did and did not attend enabling us to read the tea leaves and gather some information for the future.
Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men went awry, as none of the players nor...
Yesterday, I posted that Ulf Samuelsson and Newell Brown have been mentioned as possible additions to Alain Vigneault's team behind the Rangers bench. Now, Larry Brooks at the New York Post adds a new name to the mix saying that Scott Arniel, the former Blue Jackets head coach and long-time friend of Vigneault, could be an option.
Arniel remains under contract with the Canucks...
Scheduled to begin at 11:00am ET, you can watch the announcement of Alain Vigneault being named head coach of the New York Rangers below.... Continue reading "Stream- Watch New York Rangers Press Conference"
Here's some coaching talk from TSN's Darren Dreger:
I'm hearing the Alain Vigneault saga will conclude with his formal introduction as head coach of the New York Rangers on Friday. #TSN
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 19, 2013
Dallas Stars continue to sort through coaching candidates. Nill will meet with Ruff again this week and Tortorella...
Time to act
It’s a complicated summer for Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis. For the first time in his tenure, he faces the need to tinker with the core of this hockey club and make some important choices.
After inheriting a team with a significant number of pieces that would eventually take the team to the brink of glory in 2011 and needing the summers preceding only to maintain...
From the New York Rangers:
#NYR will hold a Press Conference on Friday 6/21 from @RadioCity. @MSGNetworks will have live coverage starting at 11am EST.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 19, 2013
This press conference may or may not have everything to do with the team's naming of Alain Vigneault as its new coach. Okay, that's really what it's about.