Player Profiles - Mason Raymond

Kent Wilson
September 01 2010 09:43AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks has the puck knocked away from behind by Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on April 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

This is the first post in a series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle this offseason was the retention of break-out youngster Mason Raymond. His 53 points represented a 30 point jump over his previous season. His emergence as a legitimate top 6 presence is a major coup for the organization and is another example of the Canucks developing quality players internally.

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A Closer Look at Raffi Torres

Kent Wilson
August 31 2010 09:58AM

BOSTON - APRIL 19: Raffi Torres #17 and Henrik Tallinder #10 of the Buffalo Sabres react after Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins scored the game winner in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 19, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Sabres 2-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

(Kent is a Flames fan/Flames Nation contributor and therefore a card-carrying member of the "Canucks Haters" club. He's also learned to shelve his disdain for Vancouver the last few years, instead replacing it with grudging respect. He'll be chipping in around here now and then)

The newest Canuck had quite the season of extremes last year. Cam Davies did a good job teeing up the Raffi Torres signing below, but the details of the player bear further examination.

A 19 goal scorer last year and a two-time 20 goal getter, Torres came pretty cheap this summer at $1M. The causes are two-fold: a stagnant buyers market in the UFA pool and a rotten run of results for Torres in Buffalo after he was acquired at the trade deadline. The first issue is just an ugly fact of life for any UFA who happens to be left of the inital frenzy in July.

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Canucks Ink Torres

Cam Davie
August 25 2010 09:36AM

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 19: Raffi Torres #14 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to his game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on January 19, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Torres heads west to join the Canucks

As reported by Rogers Sportsnet last night, the Vancouver Canucks signed LW Raffi Torres to a one-year, $1m deal. Torres, a noted Canuck killer throughout his career, brings much needed grit and added scoring depth to the bottom six of the offensive roster.

That is assuming he stays healthy and actually plays with some consistency.

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Sergei Wants To Play

Cam Davie
August 23 2010 02:32PM

DENVER - OCTOBER 03:  Scott Hannan #22 of the Colorado Avalanche battles for position with Sergei Shirokov #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Sergei, it's time to step your game up.

A report out of Russia today indicates that Sergei Shirokov has his eyes set on making the NHL this year as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. From Dmitry Chesnokov on Twitter, "#Canucks' Shirokov tells SovSport he is focused on breaking into the NHL with Vancouver; didn't consider KHL offers this summer.".

So... do I think Sergei Shirokov has a shot at making the Vancouver Canucks this year? Well...

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Vault - Hamhuis Interview from 1998 (Age 15)

Cam Davie
August 19 2010 11:09AM

Ah, the wonders of the internet.  And family.

When Dan Hamhuis signed in Vancouver, Canucks fans were buzzing with excitement all over the web. When my cousin Simone found out, she remembered an article she wrote about the Smithers native and the interview she had with him when he was just a wee lad. After pulling some strings through the Bulkley Valley Museum (thanks!) and getting some e-mail addresses sorted out, she sent me a copy of the article and I've reproduced here for Canucks Army.

Enjoy. And huge thanks to my cousin, Simone Blais and the Bulkley Valley Museum.

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