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Canucks and Panthers steal tonight’s show with huge trade

Oct 22, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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There have been rumblings about trades early in the season, but getting a big one so soon is a fun surprise although the trade partners are very familiar with each other.

Vancouver acquired power forward David Booth, centerman Steve Reinprecht, and a 2013 third round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm. Booth and Reinprecht are the 10th and 11th ex-Panthers acquired by the Canucks since Mike Gillis took over as GM of the team.

Booth was one of the Panthers young cornerstones that GM Dale Tallon refused to part with at the deadline last season hoping that he and Stephen Weiss would be the young guys needed to help turn the Panthers around. As it turns out, Tallon got to wait around for a deal that sends two veteran forwards to them instead.

At 26 years-old, Booth helps the Canucks get the forceful and younger second line power forward to team up with Ryan Kesler and give them a legitimate goal scoring threat. Booth had his career put on hold after a wicked head shot from Mike Richards back in October of 2009. So far this season, Booth has one assist and is a -6 for the Panthers. Those numbers should turn around fast in Vancouver.

Florida giving up on Booth is puzzling. Either Tallon knows something the Canucks don’t or he’s cashing out on Booth to get veterans whom he knows what he’ll get out of them. The other side of that, however, is that Sturm has looked like he’s on the wrong side of his career for the past two seasons and Samuelsson is about as streaky and moody of a player as it gets.

This deal seems like a steal for Vancouver. Taking on Reinprecht is just a formality as Reinprecht had been put on waivers by the Panthers before and is already headed to Vancouver’s AHL affiliate.

With Samuelsson and Sturm about this close to being done as productive wingers, the focus is on Booth to see what he brings (or doesn’t) to Vancouver. If Booth regains his old goal-scoring form, this is a runaway steal for the Canucks.

  1. danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Wow. Vancouver robs Florida blind once again. Here, have a couple of fourth-liners for a quality power forward who could be a 30-goal scorer with a GOOD team around him. Sturm was proving useless as Torres’ replacement and they run Samuelsson wherever they can fit him now that Burrows has his job with the Sedins. This is a good move for Vancouver and a bad one for Florida. Two guys that could barely produce on one of the top five teams in the NHL aren’t going to get any better on one of last year’s lottery squads.

  2. hulkhogan69 - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Panthers got raped here. Samuelsson is an aging third liner and Sturm is done. What is Tallon smoking?

    • danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:40 PM

      I think it’s about new starts – from a financial perspective, Booth’s expensive, kinda hit-and-miss on the Panthers’ squad and maybe struggling for an excelling role within their system and he’s an NTC player by next year. I’m baffled by Tallon’s acquisitions, though. I guess that’s all he could eke out of Vancouver. I’m surprised he couldn’t find a better offer elsewhere, though. Booth’s solid and a lot of people know that. He’d go for higher than he did if Tallon had tried trading him elsewhere. Sturm and Samuelsson… man, the only possible gain there is veteran experience, and that’s not worth much when your veterans are old, slow and short on production.

  3. babar61 - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I think Tallon is working for the canucks.

  4. bcjim - Oct 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    This in no way can be characterized as a “huge” trade.

    • TestSubjekt - Oct 22, 2011 at 11:43 PM

      4 well known players and a draft pick is a huge trade in the salary cap era.

  5. obamablowz - Oct 22, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    I thought they traded one of the twins or the goalie when I read the “huge trade”.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 9:52 PM

      Oh my God, could you imagine? They’d be awful without each other. That would be a Milbury-level fuckup right there.

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