Canucks' Raymond signs contract to play with Swedish club Staff

12/27/2012 9:32:56 PM

Mason Raymond is the latest NHL player to head overseas.

Raymond signed a month-long contract with Orebro of the Hockey Allsvenskan, which is the second tier of Swedish pro hockey, and is expected to play 11 games with the club throughout the month.

"In Mason, we get a global player to the squad. One of the NHL's best skaters and a forward of a very high class," the club said in a statement after announcing the signing.

The 27-year-old Raymond is coming off a disappointing season in which he registered 10 goals and 10 assists in 55 games. To his credit, the Alberta native was coming off fracturing two vertebrae in Game Six of the Stanley Cup final the year before.

The Canucks forward joins Maple Leafs defenceman Carl Gunnarson on the Orebro roster.