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Booth’s agent hasn’t heard from Canucks about possible buyout

Jun 16, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

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

David Booth‘s agent, Mike Liut, hasn’t heard from the Vancouver Canucks about the possibility his client could be bought out of his remaining contract.

“I haven’t heard anything from Vancouver (today),” Liut told The Province this morning. “I called [Canucks general manager Jim Benning] a couple of weeks ago and spoke with him about David then. That was before before the club’s meetings and he was still getting up to speed on things. I asked him to give me a heads-up if they came to a decision.”

Booth, 29, had nine goals in 66 games for the Canucks in 2013-14. He was also an occasional healthy scratch and spent some time in the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

With just one year remaining on his contract (cap hit $4.25 million), the Canucks may choose to keep Booth and hope the veteran winger can regain the form that made him a three-time 20-goal scorer in Florida. Or, they could try to trade him, perhaps offering to retain part of his salary in the deal.

Vancouver has already used one of its two compliance buyouts, last summer on Keith Ballard. Besides Booth, Jason Garrison and Alex Burrows are the other Canucks that have been bandied about as potential buyout candidates.

Related: Torts thinks Booth is a ‘weird dude’ (but not in a bad way)

  1. canucks30 - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    A bigger BUST than Alison Brie:

    Also, sounds like David Booth’s gravy train is leaving the station:

    • 19to77 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      It’s a shame this is the last year of compliance buyouts. I’m thoroughly enjoying your assessments of busts.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      What a boob?

  2. ikillchicken - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    I can’t see much reason to buy him out now. Booth was actually okay in a bottom six role in the latter half of the year. And while he may be massively overpaid, cap space is a non-issue with only one year left and where we’re going into what can at best be called a transition year. If anything I’d rather try eating as much of his salary as possible and seeing if any teams would roll the dice on him for a year. Might get a low round draft pick which is more than the nothing we’ll get by buying him out.

    • salmon90 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      agreed – use him as a bottom six guy. Yes he’s overpriced for that but unless they’re taking that money and using it to sign someone like Stastny (not gonna happen), they might as well keep him. He’s big and fast – isn’t that what you want in a third liner? I’ve never really seen him make an actual hockey play but at least he can skate fast!

  3. papajack1259 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    4.5 mill for a bottom 6…….tort thinks he’s not a bad guy just a weird dude….give Tort till Feb 1 he’ll destroy another team …still a Prep School Coach

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