On the anniversary of his broken back, Mason Raymond gets the gift of salary arbitration

It’s been a rough 12 months for Mason Raymond. As you might recall, on June 13 of last year, Raymond entered Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and came out not with a Cup ring, but rather, with a broken back. Then, after successfully working his way back to health, his return was put off because Alain Vigneault was riding a hot team, then further put off when the Canucks made a paperwork error. Then, once he finally did get back into the lineup, he struggled to produce and spent the next 4 months as the whipping boy of Canuck fans everywhere.

And now, just to really make these last 12 months a year to remember, on the one-year anniversary of his vertebral fracture, the Canucks have elected to take Raymond to arbitration, where they will argue he’s not worth his qualifying offer.

Worst. Year. Ever.

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