TORONTO - Over six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Mason Raymond always approached training camp like he had to earn a place on the roster.
"There's always somebody trying to take your spot," he said. "You have to be out there earning and be fully prepared to earn your spot."
The 27-year-old Raymond is using the same approach now that he's at training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a professional tryout. Raymond and other veteran players in their prime or not long past it have been forced to go to camp without guaranteed NHL contracts, a product of the salary cap going down by almost $6 million.
"There is other guys going through it, so it's an odd year," Raymond said. "This is reality, this is the situation that myself as a player is in, and you deal with what you have."
Others dealing with the same situation include Brad Boyes with the Florida Panthers, Ryan Whitney with the St....