On the surface he may be a fit, mainly because of the local connection. In terms of the player attributes, he’s a poor fit based on what has been identified as being priorities for the Flames
- Hockey sense (they want it – he doesn’t have it)
- Play tough (he doesn’t do this)
He’s got speed and that’s about it. And the Flames are actually deep at his position (relatively speaking) so bringing him would probably mean less opportunity for a young player.
The fact he is still out there, says a lot about how he is valued around the league.
I would be OK with bringing him on an uber-bargain deal, but overall there isn’t much of a fit here.
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Raymond is a decent defensive player with great speed. I actually think that he would do really quite well on a third line of the Flames. He reminds me in a lot of ways of Shean Donovan/Todd Marchant, lots of speed, a really streaky scorer, decent enough in the backend. Could be bumped up to a top 6 position on a weak team but better suited for a third line position who could occasionally score.
The big question mark is how he can bounce back from injuries (pun not intended)
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As much as I dislike the Canucks, Raymond is a good player. Great in his own end, even if he's not a physical player. Speed combined with defensive smarts is never a bad thing if it's at the right price.