MacLean: Raymond, Leafs have prearranged deal

September 20, 2013, 1:03 PM

He has to make the team first, but if he does, the negotiations may have already been handled.

Unrestricted free agent Mason Raymond, who is participating in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ training camp on a professional tryout, will sign a one-year deal with the club for $925,000, reports Hockey Central insider and former Columbus Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean.

Other sources from both the Leafs and the player’s camp, however, have denied to Sportsnet that there is a deal already in place.

MacLean has been informed the money and term is, of course, still dependent on Raymond making the cut.

And Raymond is showing strong signs of doing just that.

The former Vancouver Canucks winger scored his second goal of the preseason and added an assist in Toronto’s 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, his second exhibition outing.

The speedy Raymond scored 10 goals and 12 assists in 46 games last season with Vancouver while earning a pro-rated $2.275 million during the lockout-shortened 2012-13.

Early projections have Raymond joining centre Dave Bolland and winger Nikolai Kulemin on the Leafs’ third line. During Friday’s practice, however, the winger skated alongside Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak on the Leafs’ top unit.

If the free agent does sign for $925,000, according to capgeek.com, the Leafs would be left with $1.07 million in salary-cap space to sign RFA defenceman Cody Franson, who is still negotiating with the club but has yet to attend camp.

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