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Struggling Booth considers hiring skating coach

Nov 27, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 24: David Booth #7 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 24, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Canucks defeated the Devils 3-2 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

There was a time when David Booth was a rising star in the NHL, but now he’s 29 years old and the owner of an albatross six-year, $25 million contract.

The Vancouver Canucks have only put him in 14 games this season and head coach John Tortorella doesn’t use him that much even when he’s in the lineup. It has gotten to the point where Canucks GM Mike Gillis bluntly said that Booth needs to “play harder.”

As far as Booth is concerned though, a big part of his problem is that he has been slowed by lower-body injuries. To that end, he is interested in hiring a non-Canucks coach to help him with his skating.

“I’ve worked with (a skating coach) in Michigan, but I couldn’t do it (last summer, because of injury rehab),” Booth told the Vancouver Province. “I think I learn well. I haven’t worked with anyone (locally) yet, we’re still trying to figure that out.”

This isn’t the first time Booth has pointed to his skating as an issue, but Gillis suggested that there are no easy answers to this problem. He added that Booth has had “a lot of philosophical meetings” with his coaches.

For his part, Tortorella sees Booth as a project and thinks the Canucks forward needs to regain his confidence.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    why wouldn’t he? not sure about Canada’s tax laws, but I would think he could write that off, correct?

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Probably doesn’t really matter one way or the other – if a coach (and improved skating) is the difference between playing out the year and getting bought out vs. earning his keep and having a decent shot at another decent sized contract that could mean millions of dollars to Booth over the next few years.

  2. jpelle82 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    hey, if hockey doesnt work out for him, maybe he can start his own hunting show. slaying a mountain billy with a bow is no easy task, probably one of the hardest thing to do in the hunting world. at least he has that accomplishment under his belt

    • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      plus, he’s a f’ing character. i’d watch, and i don’t even hunt.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        i’d tune in….the way i figure if sean michaels “the heartbreak kid” can get one, so can he.

  3. jhunter21 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I’d say he should hire a shooting coach to stop him from firing his shuts into the goalies stomach.

  4. blomfeld - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    “a lot of philosophical meetings” ? …

    translation: the man has a ‘poor’ set of values

    Perhaps this ‘tough’ guy should have been working on his craft last summer instead of executing defenseless creatures in the wild ? It’s amazing how ‘poor’ decision-making in life will inevitably always come back to bite you, either sooner or later. I contend that what’s playing out here is nothing more than ‘payback’ for the crimes which Booth has committed in the forests of British Columbia. And until such time that he repents and apologizes for his cowardly actions, I suspect that his current troubles will only continue.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      are you suggesting that he should hire a Karma coach instead of a skating coach?

      • blomfeld - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Not a bad idea, though don’t forget that Coach Torts is also an animal lover. Therefore it might be an idea for Booth to make a ‘sizable’ donation to the BC SPCA, or something else along those lines? With all kidding aside, what Booth did last summer was a public relations ‘disaster’ for the Canucks and there were certain to be repercussions.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      so every guy that hunts is destined for a life of misery and bad karma? i should take out an extra life insurance policy then cause i’m taking game year round, you can count on that. speaking of which, weather conditions should be ideal by tomorrow morning….this rain/snow should clear this evening leaving behind chilly high 20’s – low 30’s, clear skies, and light variable wind….backstraps wrapped in bacon for thanksgiving!

      • blomfeld - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM


        Listen Labelle … I have no problem with hunting for either food or survival, as nothing could be more ‘elementary’ in the cycle of life. You killing a deer and eating it, is no different than me removing an unwanted tree. However, what I do have a problem with are people like Booth, who dress up in para-military costumes and then go out and murder animals just for their twisted amusement. It’s one thing for a rancher to ‘put down’ his herd, as that’s just part of being a rancher. But a rancher killing his herd and then ‘laughing and boasting’ about it later is quite another thing. To me that signifies ‘poor values’ and/or possible mental illness.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        update…no backstraps. missed a running 6 pointer from 30 yards away this morning…so it goes sometimes

  5. dolphanindallas - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    If I were to comment in all seriousness, Booth had a strong presence in South Florida when he was a Panther. Not only were the 15,000 people (capacity BBT Center 19,182) chanting BOOOOOTH!! Women were throwing panties on the ice, and there was a peace of mind knowing that rabib criticisim from Canadian fan border to border was non-existent. All David had to do was play ice hockey.
    When they beat the Islanders 2-0 in 2011 and Tallon approached Booth with the news he had been traded, it was no wonder the guy was in tears and broken from that point on. Granted, Utica ain’t no Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, but If booth is serious about continuing in the Majors hiring a skating coach or spending time in the “A” might not be a bad idea.

    P.S. when the WW6 comes, you’ll be thankful David Booth has his arsenal of guns!!!!!

  6. muckleflugga - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM


    back to your question regarding tax laws in canada…

    were booth a definable corporate entity insofar as his work and earnings as an nhl player are concerned, he might be able to declare the coaching fees as a requirement to improve his employability. this while understanding ability to declare and actual success in achieving a refundable tax benefit are strictly defined…

    the canada income tax act is about four inches thick, but related policy and regulations are roughly four feet thick, all in fine print

    [ professional people like engineers, lawyers and doctors are usually registered professional corporations or limited liability companies ]

    there are two issues: he’d have to justify need held against already held status as a professional hockey player; and he’d bring scrutiny to his personal tax account…cue the theme from the twilight zone

    he’d recover twenty five percent, just as any other individual tax payer would

    i doubt he’d be successful

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