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Vancouver’s Booth (groin) medically cleared to play

Feb 18, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks could see another top-six forward return to the lineup Tuesday in Chicago as David Booth (groin) has been medically cleared to play.

Booth injured himself before the season during the team’s fitness testing.

“Time has been the big thing and right now we’re at five weeks and it’s starting to feel real good,” the 28-year-old winger said this weekend, per The Province.

“It’s tough because in a short season, it’s hard to get that game situation feel, but I hope to get that through a few practices and I’ll be good. My goal is to play sometime on the trip.”

If Booth doesn’t play Tuesday against the Blackhawks, Vancouver is in Dallas Thursday, Nashville Friday and Detroit Sunday.

The Canucks recently celebrated the return of center Ryan Kesler, though they failed to register a win in the two games he played.

Update (12:25 p.m. ET): Forward Andrew Ebbett has been placed on waivers, clearing the way for Booth to return.

  1. davebabychreturns - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The O key is still week-to-week.

  2. elvispocomo - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Yup, Ebbett on waivers means they can at least make it a game if Booth isn’t ready to go against Chicago.

    Speaking of Chicago, the Chicago Wolves are a little banged up and could use the help so that was likely a part of the decision to send Ebbett down as well (the Wolves are the Canucks AHL affiliate).

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