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Canucks’ Booth still not ready for action

Aug 19, 2013, 4:40 PM EST

David Booth, Fedor Tyutin AP

Vancouver is going to need David Booth to be a healthy contributor to the team this season. Unfortunately the part about getting healthy is proving to be difficult as he attempts to return from ankle surgery in March.

Jason Botchford of The Province reports Booth still isn’t cleared for activity and he’s also dealing with other nagging setbacks.

Continuing his recovery from March ankle surgery, Booth has had other issues, including a calf strain, as he tried to stay on track in a rehab program designed to have him healthy for September.

That could happen. But the Canucks remain unsure if Booth will be healthy when training camp begins in three weeks.

When the Canucks acquired Booth from the Florida Panthers two seasons ago, they hoped he’d slot in alongside Ryan Kesler and have instant American chemistry. Instead, the two have dealt with a myriad of ailments that derailed that plan.

As Botchford said, the team may have used a compliance buyout on Booth this summer if he were healthy. Now it’s up to Alex Burrows and youngster Nicklas Jensen to show they can carry the load while Booth gets it together.

We’re sure John Tortorella will enjoy the dearth of able wingers.

  1. sunderlanding - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    They do have American chemistry. They spend a lot of time rehabing together.

  2. blomfeld - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    GOOD, AS NEITHER ARE THOSE HE COWARDLY KILLED !

    So poor little Boothy still has a sore ankle and a tender calf ? … ahhhhhh, why that’s just ‘awful’ and such an injustice! Friends, the bottom line remains that any normal, decent ‘red-blooded’ man does not gloat or thump his chest after killing defenseless animals. Killing in itself is an essential part of everyday life and it’s a prerequisite to survival whether that involves fishing, hunting, cutting down trees or pulling weeds from the garden … and so all of you fascist ‘survivalist’ freaks can save your lame & pathetic retorts right now. What David Booth and his ilk do however, is both cowardly and highly indicative of ‘serious’ self-esteem issues. As I said earlier in a related post, Booth is not the ‘tough guy’ he tries so hard to portray himself as. Any special forces person, be it American, German or Israeli, could kill an armed Booth ‘bare handed’ so quickly that the idiot wouldn’t even know what had happened. And suffice it to say that they wouldn’t need to ‘gloat’ about it after …

    summary: support for David Booth is consistent with sports brassiere ownership

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      You continue to prove you are an idiot.

      • cbarks85 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Summary: A very lonely hippie that has nothing else better to do with his/her time than to chirp professional athletes online.

        Please stop titling someone you’ve never met in person before as ‘COWARDLY’ while you hide behind a computer to express your opinions. Also curious, when has David Booth ever portrayed himself as a ‘tough guy’? Or is that what you assume and judge about him simply based on the fact that he enjoys hunting for a hobby?

        From my understanding, he is by no means considered a ‘touch guy’ nor does he portray himself to be. He is labeled by NHL analysts as a ‘POWER FORWARD’. I concur with kaptaanamerica that you continue to prove you are a an idiot. If you spent as much time doing something with your own life as you do HATE BASHING david booth, maybe you can figure out a way to save the poor defenseless animals you care so much about.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    One word: Dud

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