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#61 DeltaSwede

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:38 AM

I swear Booth has the most untapped offensive ability on this team. If he gets his game together this year he will for sure become my favorite player on the team. If he can put it all together, what's not to like? Size, Speed, Skill.. one can only hope he actually goes back to being the player everyone knows he can be.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:00 AM

Good news


Yep. We need our empty net goal sniper back!
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:45 AM

Here's Elliott Pap's article on Booth from today's Vancouver Sun (published online yesterday):

Canucks’ oft-injured David Booth back on the ice, shooting for NHL season-opener

'He killed us in Florida. The biggest thing for me is can he stay healthy because I've seen him play,' says coach John Tortorella



By Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun September 18, 2013

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A broken ankle, suffered last March, was David Booth's third serious injury since he joined the Canucks in a trade from Florida on Oct. 22, 2011. Booth also suffered through major knee and groin problems. Last season, he appeared in just 12 of 52 games (including playoffs).

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VANCOUVER — After busting up his left ankle last March, Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth has just one thing in mind this fall: be ready when he and his mates open the NHL's regular season Oct. 3 in San Jose.

“I guess that's the biggest goal for me,” Booth said Wednesday after participating in his first practice of training camp, six days behind the rest of the group. “I'm starting now and that gives me plenty of time to get myself where I need to be for Oct. 3. It was quite the feeling being back out there today, moving the puck and being on the team again. I've been waiting for that for a long time. It's been a while.”

Booth went down March 16 in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings. He collided with Wings blueliner Brendan Smith deep in the Detroit zone and couldn't get up. He broke the ankle, tore ligaments and required surgery.

It was his third serious injury since he joined the Canucks in a trade from Florida on Oct. 22, 2011. He's also suffered through major knee and groin problems. Last season, he appeared in just 12 of 52 games (including playoffs).

Canucks coach John Tortorella saw plenty of Booth when he was in Tampa and Booth was still with the Panthers. He liked what he saw.

“He killed us in Florida,” said Tortorella. “The biggest thing for me is can he stay healthy because I've seen him play. I watched him in Florida and I've watched him since then. He can be an asset on how we want to play. I mean, he could be a really good player.

“The question is health and that's out of my control. I know the trainers and everyone are really working with him to try to help him stay healthy. If we can get a good player like that healthy and staying in the lineup, it's going to help us.”

By his own admission, Booth hasn't provided much of an impact since joining the Canucks. He felt he was playing his best hockey when felled by a knee-on-knee hit Dec. 6, 2011 by then-Colorado Avalanche forward Kevin Porter. It's been mostly frustration and non-production ever since.

Booth, 28, is a three-time 20-goal scorer and has hit the 30-goal mark once. He has two years remaining on his contract at $4.25 million per season. He said the last nine months have been especially difficult.

“It's probably been the toughest time in my career,” conceded Booth, who also suffered a severe concussion during the 2009-10 campaign (Mike Richards hit) when playing for the Panthers.

“I just want to get back to being the player that I know I can be. No one puts as much pressure on me than I do. I just want to help this team be the best it can be and that's my goal. If I am given the opportunity, I think I can really be a force in this league. I'm looking forward to the year and really showing my teammates, myself and the city what I can do.”

During Wednesday's practice, Booth skated alongside Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows on what could very likely be the team's opening-night second line — given everyone remains upright. Booth was enthused at that prospect.

“I was very excited when I was on their line today,” said the Detroit native. “The potential is huge. That's something I know I'm going to have to work hard for, to keep that. Those players are so dynamic and to be able to play with them, and hopefully get that opportunity, I was really excited.”

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:46 AM

All he needs is some tasty waves, a cool buzz and he'll be fine

Exactly! He is actually Jeff Spicoli.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:49 AM

is this a free agent pick up?

Traded for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:52 AM

Gillis says Booth is cleared to play (Team 1040 interview)
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:10 AM

From the Elliott Pap article:

"I know the trainers and everyone are really working with him to try to help him stay healthy."

Sounds good but I'm curious as to what they can actually work on that will help Booth avoid cheap shots and freak injuries?

"'He killed us in Florida,' said Tortorella. 'The biggest thing for me is can he stay healthy because I've seen him play. I watched him in Florida and I've watched him since then. He can be an asset on how we want to play. I mean, he could be a really good player.'"

If Booth can get back to being the player he was in Florida (when healthy), he'll be a huge part of whatever success the 2013-14 Canucks have.

From 2007 through 2009, Booth was the Panthers' best player at even strength. His 5v5 Points/60 was 2.45 during that stretch, which was best on his team and in the top-20 for the entire NHL (for all skaters).
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:08 AM

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Honestly, who hopes a player gets injured. What's the matter with you?

If those guys want a spot on the team they have to earn it, otherwise they belong back in junior. Booth is more useful than players who haven't even played in the NHL.

I gotta say DeNiro, when you say "what's the matter with you?" all I can hear is that scene in Goodfellas when Tommy shoots Spider, and Jimmy reams him out for it.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:37 PM

For what reason?


Because everything went downhill after that.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:08 PM

Wonder if Torts is gonna ask Kesler to be more of a playmaker type centre this year. I mean, we all know Kesler can rack up the assists, just look at his stats when he first broke out. Tortorella will be honest with Kes, and if he lives up to his promises, he would definitely ask Kesler to be a pass first type player. Someone's gotta do it, and it sure as he'll won't be Booth.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:24 PM

Wonder if Torts is gonna ask Kesler to be more of a playmaker type centre this year. I mean, we all know Kesler can rack up the assists, just look at his stats when he first broke out. Tortorella will be honest with Kes, and if he lives up to his promises, he would definitely ask Kesler to be a pass first type player. Someone's gotta do it, and it sure as he'll won't be Booth.


Burrows is a wicked passer. Very underrated.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:13 PM

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:27 PM

QUICK! Trade him while he's still healthy!!!!!!
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:42 PM

QUICK! Trade him while he's still healthy!!!!!!


Can't help but find it funny that you don't like Booth and that his injury happened while wearing a Millionaires jersey
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:28 AM

Only because unlike Salo, Booth isn't a game changer when he is healthy. I'll be happy to be proven wrong if he lights it up.
It's been 5 years since his 31 goal campaign. It's possible that was a career year, and that's the best he can do.

I'd be happy if he played over 60 games without injury.
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:29 AM

How long until the next one? Two weeks?

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among their own kind they live a life that's so obscure

first an arm and then a leg deterioration grows

rotting while they breathe death comes slow !!!


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:22 AM

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Sestito-Schroeder-Lain

Like it except for the 4th line... lawl
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:39 AM

Burrows is a wicked passer. Very underrated.


He's an underrated passer because he's played the majority of his minutes the last 5 years with 2 of the top 10 passers in the entire league so his work has been overshadowed.

Only because unlike Salo, Booth isn't a game changer when he is healthy. I'll be happy to be proven wrong if he lights it up.
It's been 5 years since his 31 goal campaign. It's possible that was a career year, and that's the best he can do.

I'd be happy if he played over 60 games without injury.


31 goals may have been a career year, but his production after that has been an average of 23 goals per 82 games suggesting that 30 goals isn't out of the reach if he stays healthy and gets some puck luck (his shooting percentage was horrendous last year, and he got no bounces).

A healthy Booth makes the Canucks a better, and for the sake of the Canucks being good this year, I really hope he stays healthy (2 of his 3 injuries while in VC were the result of freak/dirty plays).
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:54 AM

He's an underrated passer because he's played the majority of his minutes the last 5 years with 2 of the top 10 passers in the entire league so his work has been overshadowed.



31 goals may have been a career year, but his production after that has been an average of 23 goals per 82 games suggesting that 30 goals isn't out of the reach if he stays healthy and gets some puck luck (his shooting percentage was horrendous last year, and he got no bounces).

A healthy Booth makes the Canucks a better, and for the sake of the Canucks being good this year, I really hope he stays healthy (2 of his 3 injuries while in VC were the result of freak/dirty plays).

Booth has size, some speed and drives the net. The injuries set him back. As much as fans talk about him and Kesler playing together I haven't seen much there as of yet. I don't see Yensen bumping him off that wing. Van will play him until he gets injured again or shows what he can do. If it isn't working I can see Yensen being brought up from the AHL after 40 games or after an injury. If Torts cannot mix a productive 2nd line the Canucks are hooped.
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:35 AM

Aaaaaaannnnndddd he pulled his groin.
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