Canucks file for “cutdown” arbitration with Mason Raymond

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According to multiple reports, the Vancouver Canucks have filed “cutdown” arbitration for winger Mason Raymond.

As the term “cutdown” may suggest, the Canucks want to pay Raymond less than he made last season ($2.6 million).

How much less? Well, the CBA says a team can’t request a salary reduction of greater than 15 percent, so the Canucks can’t argue for anything less than $2.21 million.

Of course, Raymond gets to make his case as well, after which the arbitrator delivers a verdict.

TSN”s Darren Dreger notes that the Canucks cannot walk away from the verdict. However, they do have the option of trading the speedy forward before or after arbitration.

Raymond had a disappointing 10 goals and 10 assists in 2011-12. Granted, he only made 55 appearances after missing the first part of the season with a serious back injury that was suffered in the Stanley Cup finals.

The 26-year-old’s best season was 2009-10 when he scored 25 times and added 28 assists.

“Mason is an important part of our team,” Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman told the Vancouver Sun, “and we plan for Mason to be a component of this team going forward.”