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After winless start, Ducks waive Raymond

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Mason Raymond‘s reunion with Randy Carlyle has hit a snag.

On Monday, the Ducks placed Raymond on waivers — just three games into his stint with Anaheim, who signed Raymond in the hopes of reviving his career.

And the hope, of course, is that Carlyle would be the catalyst.

Back in ’13-14, Raymond attended Leafs camp on a PTO and impressed Carlyle — then the head coach in Toronto — and earned himself a one-year deal.

Raymond proceeded to score 19 goals and 45 points for the Leafs, which netted him a three-year, $9.45 million deal from Calgary.

After two disappointing years with the Flames, he was bought out in June.

Just a few days later, Raymond signed a $675,000 deal with the Ducks.

The 31-year-old did appear in all three games for Anaheim this year — all losses — going pointless with a minus-2 rating. After getting less than nine minutes in his first two games, he received a season-high 12:31 TOI in Sunday’s OT defeat to the Islanders, finishing with just one shot on goal.

It’s possible this move was made in connection to Anaheim claiming speedster Emerson Etem off waivers from Vancouver. Etem has yet to play for the Ducks, but could replace Raymond in the lineup.

It’s worth noting that Anaheim cleared a roster spot for Etem by waiving forward Joseph Cramarossa, and sending him to AHL San Diego.

 

Veteran forward Jones at Ducks camp on PTO

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The Anaheim Ducks have brought another experienced NHLer into training camp, signing David Jones to a professional tryout.

The deal, first reported by News 1130, comes after Anaheim GM Bob Murray had previously extended PTOs to Sean Bergenheim and David Booth.

And those PTOs came after Murray signed a trio of veterans in winger Mason Raymond, center Antoine Vermette and noted tough guy Jared Boll.

At first glance, it appears Jones has a greater shot at landing a deal than Bergenheim and Booth. He’s been an NHL regular, having found the back of the net 11 times in 75 games last year, split between Calgary and Minnesota.

Jones is also a two-time 20-goal scorer.

And as the earlier transactions noted, Murray likes his veteran forwards. We saw this last year, when he rounded out Anaheim’s group with the likes of Shawn Horcoff, Chris Stewart and Mike Santorelli.

All that said, this could simply be an exercise to get bodies into camp. Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm and Jakob Silfverberg are all still competing at the World Cup, and won’t be in attendance.

Bergenheim to join Booth at Ducks camp on PTO

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Last year, Ducks GM Bob Murray loaded up on veterans like Shawn Horcoff, Chris Stewart and Mike Santorelli to upgrade his forward group.

This year, he’s doing something similar — albeit in a different fashion.

After news broke that 31-year-old winger David Booth would attend training camp on a PTO, the O.C. Register reports that another veteran forward — 32-year-old Sean Bergenheim — will be there as well.

A three-time 15-goal scorer, Bergenheim spent last season with Bern of the Swiss League. His last NHL action came in ’14-15, when he scored nine goals and 19 points in 56 games for the Panthers and Wild.

It’s a bit surprising Murray is going this route again, especially since none of last year’s acquisitions paid off, and the Ducks actually looked a little old and a little slow at times.

In addition to the Bergenheim and Booth PTOs, Anaheim has also signed journeyman winger Mason Raymond, veteran center Antoine Vermette and noted tough guy Jared Boll.

Of course, the PTOs could simply be a way to get warm bodies into camp. Anaheim has several players still participating in the World Cup of Hockey, including Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm, John Gibson and Jakob Silfverberg.

 

Flames waive Mason Raymond, again

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For the second time this season, Calgary has exposed Mason Raymond to waivers.

That’s what Sportsnet reported on Monday — Raymond, who was initially placed on waivers prior to the start of the year, has been put back on.

Signed to a three-year, $9.45 million deal back in 2014 — one that carries a $3.15M average annual cap hit — Raymond has been a major disappointment in Calgary.

He was a bad fit for head coach Bob Hartley almost from the start. Though he produced reasonably well on offense — 12 goals and 23 points in 57 games last year — he sat as a healthy scratch on a number of occasions, including the start of the playoffs.

This season, he’s scored just four goals in 29 games, with his average TOI falling to 12:20 — the lowest of his career. Once again, he’s been a healthy scratch several times, and appeared in just six games in January.

It seems highly unlikely any team would take a flier on Raymond via waivers, especially given his cap hit. Should he clear, it stands to reason he’ll be off to Calgary’s AHL affiliate in Stockton.

 

Flyers lose sixth straight on Calgary’s fortuitous OT winner

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Mikael Backlund scored 35 seconds into overtime and also had an assist to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 victory over the skidding Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

With the Flames breaking in on a 2-on-1, Johnny Gaudreau‘s shot was stopped by Michal Neuvirth. The rebound popped straight out, hit Backlund’s leg as he skated toward the crease and went in.

Calgary improved to 3-0 in overtime, while Philadelphia fell to 1-3.

Josh Jooris also scored for Calgary (4-9-1). The Flames improved to 2-5 at home.

Michael Raffl scored his first of the season for Philadelphia (4-6-3). The Flyers are 0-3-1 on a five-game road trip that ends Saturday in Winnipeg.

In a matchup between struggling teams – the Flames with one win in their previous six games and the Flyers winless in five – both looked tentative all night in a sloppy affair. Neither side could generate any sustained pressure and there were numerous turnovers and bobbled passes.

It appeared Calgary was going to head to the second intermission with a lead for just the second time this season, but the Flyers tied it 1-all with 36 seconds left in the period.

Controlling the puck behind the Flames net, Claude Giroux centered a pass to Raffl, whose shot from 15 feet out fluttered past Karri Ramo, who only got a piece of it.

Dating back to last season, it was the first goal in 17 games for Raffl, who scored 21 in 2014-15 as an NHL sophomore.

It was a familiar storyline for Calgary, outscored 23-8 in the second period this season.

Opening the scoring for the eighth time, the Flames took a 1-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the game. After serving a minor, Jooris stepped out of the penalty box just in time to scoop up the puck at center ice and charge in on a breakaway.

Neuvirth stopped his initial shot and stopped Backlund on the rebound, but the Flyers’ goalie couldn’t control the puck and it squirted back out front, where Jooris whipped it in for his second of the season.

Making his third consecutive start, Ramo had 26 saves. He entered the game ranked second-to-last in the NHL in save percentage at .871. He improved to 2-4.

With Steve Mason feeling ill, Neuvirth made 28 saves in falling to 2-3.

NOTES: Philadelphia’s healthy scratches were Sam Gagner and David Drewiske. … Mason Raymond and Ladislav Smid did not dress for Calgary. … Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier (concussion) returned after missing six games. … Jakub Voracek was held without a shot. Still without a goal on the season, he entered the night with 50 shots, which was fourth-most in the NHL.