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Tortorella will put Booth back in lineup Wednesday

Jan 15, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

ST PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 17: David Booth #7 of the Vancouver Canucks controls the puck during the game against the Minnesota Wild on December 17, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Getty Images

David Booth‘s latest stint as a healthy scratch is coming to an end. Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella announced that Booth will play tonight after the team returned forward Darren Archibald to the minors.

This is Booth’s latest attempt to try and turn his season — and for that matter his career — around. He has 10 points in 32 games this season while averaging just 13:29 minutes per contest.

That’s a far cry from his career-high of 60 points set in 2008-09 when he was still in his mid-20s. He’s in the fifth season of a six-year, $25.5 million contract. At this rate his next deal will be nothing like that one.

“There are definitely tough days where sometimes that’s all you think about when you are going to bed, just how to get better and what you can do different,” Booth told the Vancouver Sun earlier this week.

He admitted that his struggles have frustrated him and he’s leaned on his faith, family, and friends to help him keep things in perspective.


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  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Don’t get injured David.

    We need you healthy for the most crucial time of the year (for you) – compliance buy out season.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      oh wow. I didn’t even realize that was a 2-year thing. thoughts on Bieksa? he’s got an extra year and an extra $350k/yr on his contract. I don’t know how deep their blue line is though (or honestly, Canucks fans’ feelings on him overall), so this is just a question.

      • micasa81 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        Bieksa’s controversial. I happen to like what he brings, even though he makes the occasional horrible blunder. But even his critics don’t consider him a compliance buyout candidate, because his contract is tradeable.

  2. Wineshard - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    You need Bieksa come playoff time, assuming they get in.

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