Mason Raymond feels he has something to prove this season, and with Vancouver's second line in shambles, he should get an opportunity on a scoring line to begin the year.
"I've got a chip on my shoulder but I want to show it on the ice," Raymond said Tuesday. "Do you want a pay cut? Nobody wants a pay cut. I feel like I've got things to prove and the best way to do that is go on the ice and score some goals." He has scored 25 goals over the past two years after netting 25 during his breakout campaign in 2009-10. Vancouver took him to arbitration in the off-season to get his salary dropped from $2.6 million to $2.275 million. The Canucks won't have Ryan Kesler or David Booth because of injuries when they open the season on Saturday, so Raymond will have to get his way into the top-six forward group over his rotating linemates. He skated with Andrew Ebbett, Jordan Schroeder and Zack Kassian on Tuesday.