Canucks sign forward Mason Raymond for two years and US$5.1 million

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks have avoided arbitration with Mason Raymond by signing the forward to a two-year, US$5.1 million contract.

Raymond set career highs with 25 goals and 53 points last season when he earned $760,000. He filed for arbitration and was on his way to a hearing in Toronto on Monday when the new deal was worked out.

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Raymond will receive $2.5 million next season and $2.6 million in 2011-12.

Raymond, originally picked in the second round by the Canucks in 2005, has 45 goals and 97 points in 203 career NHL games.

The deal puts the Canucks more than $2.6 million over this year’s $59.4 million salary cap.