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Injured Canucks winger Mason Raymond misses return because of 'paperwork'

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VANCOUVER - Mason Raymond missed his planned return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup Thursday after a severe back injury in the playoffs cost him 24 games this season.

?Paperwork with the league,? was all a team spokesman would say when the forward from Cochrane, Alta., didn?t take the pre-game skate.

Raymond, 28, was expected to return against the Nashville Predators after the June 13 injury knocked him out of the Stanley Cup final.

He suffered a frightening vertebrae compression fracture when sent backwards into the corner boards after a Game 6 hit by Johnny Boychuck of the Boston Bruins.

The injury forced Raymond to wear a corset to stabilize his back prior to a long rehabilitation.

He had been skating in practice with Cody Hodgson and Jannick Hansen on the Canucks? third line.

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