Free agent Mason Raymond, quickly cementing himself into a left wing role, has begun contract talks with the Leafs, according to reports, but nothing is finalized. “The more I get out here with the guys, the more comfortable I get,” said Raymond, who spent Friday in a first-line experiment with Kessel and Tyler Bozak.
“You want to be a go-to guy.” … Marshall and forward Spencer Abbott were cut on Friday, Marshall needing to clear waivers by noon on Saturday to join Abbott on the Marlies. There are 32 players in camp, plus RFA Franson … Forwards Michael Neal (brother of James), Stefan Legein and Wade Macleod are on tryouts with the Marlies … Kadri’s quip on the Oilers signing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to seven years at $42 million US: “I guess they don’t believe in bridge contracts” … Rookie Morgan Rielly continues to be amazed by NHL life. After overnight bus trips in the WHL from Moose Jaw to B.C. and Alberta, Rielly is thrilled to get on a plane after a game with “all the coconut water you can drink”.