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Torts: Booth’s AHL assisgnment ‘will fast-track him’

Nov 5, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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David Booth‘s conditioning assignment with the Utica Comets isn’t a way for the Vancouver Canucks “to send a message” to a player that needs a wake-up call, according to head coach John Tortorella.

Instead, it’s just “using your AHL team the proper way.” Which, in Booth’s case, is apparently to “fast-track” a player that’s missed the last four NHL games with a lower-body injury.

Booth, the oft-ailing winger who’s struggled offensively since joining the Canucks in a trade with the Florida Panthers, was sent to the Comets yesterday in a move that some deemed an ominous sign.

But again, the coach didn’t see it that way.

“He has to agree to this, and that shows his mind is in the right spot,” said Tortorella, per Ben Kuzma of The Province.

“He’ll get 20-23 minutes a game there and I can’t guarantee him that in our next four games. It will fast-track him.”

Booth’s agent, Mike Liut, saw it the same way as Tortorella.

“Conditioning assignments are designed for player’s in David’s position, the Canucks and David are taking advantage of the opportunity,” Liut wrote in an email to The Province.

The Canucks kick off a four-game road trip tonight in Phoenix.

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Considering it’s more than just the most recent injury, and rather a string of injuries over the past few seasons, it makes more sense in that light that he could use some time to get a handle on everything. A conditioning stint will help him do that.

    There’s no question the Canucks aren’t fans of his output of late either, and Booth knows that as well as anyone, but I can understand them being patient with him and not using this primarily to send a message.

  2. steverolley - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Leave him in the minors for a while

    Every time he has a “comeback” it usually lasts about 5 – 7 games before he’s injured. Let him play in the minors for a while, get his body right and his confidence back up.

    And if (when) he gets hurt in the minors (which is a likely scenario) then its straight to the IR and some valuable cap space for the nucks

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