I'm confused too. I thought RFAs had to be qualified at least 100% of their past salary. The Canucks just filed arbitration to be able to give Raymond a paycut. How come the Blues didn't have to?
A player can choose to take a paycut, but if he refused and the team didn't extend a qualifying offer then he would be a UFA on July 1.
Raymond clearly didn't want to take a paycut, so the Canucks have elected to go to arbitration, which could take up to 15% off of the previous seasons salary. Vancouver will have to live with whatever the arbitrator decides though, so they might not get a discount. But it means that Raymond won't be an UFA on July 1.
I really hope he bounces back. I really want to like the guy. He seems like a great guy and it seems like all the players really enjoy having him around. I hope both for him and the team that he succeeds next year, though it's difficult to envision with how lost he looked last year.
It's basically the deal we expected for Stewart, only with the 250K paycut which signals his understanding he didn't live up to expectations this season. I remain impressed with Armstrong's ability to negotiate contracts.
Also glad something finally happened. Seems like we're going to have a frenetic two and a half weeks of news between all the coaching/front office news, UFA decisions, Perron, Oshie, the draft and July 1.
Its about what I expected, like others said I think it says a ton about his character that he would sign for a discount even if it is only 250k. Now hopefully next year he can score 30 goals instead of 30 points.