Mason Raymond shrugs off trade rumours

Mason Raymond not only scored Sunday, he scored the best line when reminded that the NHL trade deadline was one day away.

“There’s a trade deadline tomorrow?,” chuckled the Vancouver Canucks winger.

Not only has the restricted free agent been the subject of scrutiny with his uneven game and his potential value in a trade for more grit, his name has repeatedly surfaced in rumours that he might be bound for Dallas in exchange for veteran winger Steve Ott. And when the Chicago Wolves recalled winger Darren Archibald and defenceman Taylor Ellington from the ECHL, there was a brief pre-game buzz Sunday that some sort of trade package was imminent.

Amid it all, Raymond has found a way to slowly rejuvenate his game with two goals in his past two outings. Although his effort in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Stars was from a sharp angle and snuck between the body and arm of goalie Kari Lehtonen, it was a testament of what happens when you actually direct pucks at the net.

“Maybe the law of averages is starting to work its way to my advantage,” shrugged Raymond. “I was able to get a good shot off and I don’t know if it went under his arm, or just over it. Whatever it was, I’ll take it and hope it continues.”

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