This summer, the Anaheim Ducks picked up the recently-bought out Mason Raymond as a free agent, signing him to a bargain one year, two way deal worth just $675,000 at the NHL level.
Now, though, he’s looking at the first three games of the season without any points – and the Ducks seem ready to end their major league experiment with the forward.
Renaud Lavoie of TVA confirmed on Monday morning that Raymond, who put up five points in 29 NHL games last year and 15 points in 15 AHL games while still a part of the Calgary Flames’ system, has been placed on waivers by Anaheim. The other 29 teams around the NHL will have the next 24 hours to place a claim on Raymond and acquire him at no cost to themselves trade-wise; if he isn’t claimed, he will be eligible to head to the AHL for the Ducks.
Drafted 51st overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2005, the 31-year-old forward has recorded 115 goals and 251 points in 545 career NHL games, skating out for the Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Flames, and now the Ducks. He’s managed to put up a 25-goal season before, but has failed to do so more than once; as a result, he’s become a bit of a letdown following a pricey contract in Calgary and now a lack of production in South California.
The Ducks have started off their 2016-17 season 0-2-1, failing to earn a win through their first week of play.