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David Booth “broke down in tears” upon learning he’d been traded to Vancouver

Oct 23, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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Interesting piece here from George Richards of the Miami Herald about the David Booth trade.

Booth, who was dealt to Vancouver yesterday in exchange for Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson, was quite distraught upon learning the news he was going to the Canucks — he reportedly broke down in tears before leaving his ex-mates a farewell message on the dressing room white board.

Two thoughts on the matter:

1) Booth’s lived in Florida since 2006 and played all 309 of his NHL games with the Panthers organization, so being upset is understandable. He inked a six-year, $25.5-million deal just two years ago and when you sign that kind of deal, you expect to be with that team for a long time — not to be traded for a couple expiring contracts two years later. That said, there have been a few regime changes since Booth signed. The GM that inked him, Jacques Martin, resigned four months later. The first GM to inherit Booth’s contract, Randy Sexton, lasted one season. Booth also had three coaches during his time in Florida (Martin, Peter DeBoer and Kevin Dineen). Regime changes and honoring contracts often don’t mix, something Booth found out yesterday.

2) Booth had to know the trade was a possibility, even with a long-term contract that suggested “franchise cornerstone.” Florida’s traded other cornerstone guys and Dale Tallon’s been extremely aggressive in re-shaping the organization. Players shipped out during Booth’s tenure include Olli Jokinen, Todd Bertuzzi, Jay Bouwmeester, Dennis Seidenberg, Keith Ballard, Nathan Horton and Michael Frolik — the last three dealt by Tallon in a nine-month span.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Oct 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    The big money job comes with a price. Here’s exhibit A. Hope it all works out for him though.

  2. chasemutley - Oct 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Kid, you just got traded to the Western Conference Champions. Get over it.

  3. rricardinho - Oct 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Still, a much favourable reaction than pounding 17 heinekens and then checking into rehab.

  4. jason9696 - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    I’d be crying for joy if I got traded from the lowly Panthers to one of the best teams in the league in the Canucks.

    • mgp1219 - Oct 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      You mean the Cannots? He should be sad about being traded to a team of women.

  5. lameasish - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    This guy should be happy, I question his desire to play for a winner compared to his desire to play in a warm weather market where the media does not care if you win or lose. You left the panthers dude, grow up and keep ur head up, can’t skate around with your head down…

  6. comeonnowguys - Oct 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Please. He’s just practicing crying so he can sell the dives the Canucks will make him take.

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