Great deal for the Canucks, by what I am reading it appears that Gillis gave Raymond his patented 11th hour speech like he gave the Sedins last year and Raymond went for it. Not really sure why Raymond would accept as I can't see him getting less in arbitration but I'm not complaining.
I happy to have him signed at a cap friendly number.
The term, only 2 years, is an acknowledgment that the parties were quite a ways apart on numbers. We will likely have to pay a lot more in 2 years. However, as he is not 25 until September, this contract will leave him still a RFA when it expires so the Canucks retain the RFA leverage on his next contract.
His new contract will expire the same year as Samuelsson's, and a year before Burrows' and (assuming Hodgson makes the team this year) Hodgson's contracts.
The numbers on this deal also probably make Burrows' contract less of a bitter pill (for Alex).