London, Ont. (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) forward Mason Raymond has signed a professional tryout contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced on Monday.
Raymond had spent the last five seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling 80 goals and 98 assists in 374 career NHL games.
The 27-year-old had spent the entire offseason as an unrestricted free agent, but Toronto general manager Dave Nonis signed him after selecting him in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft while working for Vancouver.
"I know Mason very well,'' Nonis said. "He's another option. He's an NHL forward, he's scored 25 goals in this league. He's only 27 years old. He's got great foot speed, which is something that will give Randy (Carlyle) some more options.''
Raymond played just two seasons with UMD, totaling 25 goals and 49 assists in 79 games played for the Bulldogs.