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Raymond aims to ‘earn a spot’ with Leafs

Mason Raymond

A former 25-goal scorer for the Vancouver Canucks, Mason Raymond’s goal is now to “earn a spot” with the Maple Leafs after Toronto handed the speedy winger a professional tryout.

Raymond spoke to Sportsnet 590’s David Alter recently (audio) and, among other things, said he never really entertained any offers to go play in Europe.

The 27-year-old unrestricted free agent also commented on his injury history, which includes a fractured vertebrae suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final versus Boston.

“Injuries are part of the game,” he said. “I’ve had a few, and I’ll probably have a few more.

“You fight through those, get stronger from them.”

Last year, Raymond had 10 goals in 46 games for the Vancouver Canucks.

In Toronto, he’ll hope to capitalize on the departures of Clarke MacArthur and Matt Frattin and find a spot on the left wing.