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Booth eager to prove he ‘can play in this league again’

Jul 24, 2014, 9:06 PM 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

David Booth’s tenure with the Vancouver Canucks was rocky, to put it mildly. The former 30-goal scorer finished the 2013-14 campaign with just 19 points in 66 contests. That’s over now though as he’ll have a fresh opportunity with Toronto after signing a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

“It’s been a little bit tougher the past couple years, with some injuries, setbacks that I’ve had,” Booth said, per NHL.com. “I’ve stayed positive through them all. … I thought I was playing some good hockey there toward the end of the year … and I’ve had a great summer of training, been healthy, and really excited to get a start here in Toronto.”

He feels that he did end the 2013-14 campaign on a high note — he recorded six points in his last 10 games — and he hopes that carries over to training camp. It will be important for him to hit the ground running given that he’ll have to fight for playing time. Unless they make a trade, the Maple Leafs will enter the preseason with 17 forwards inked to one-way contracts.

“I think if I can stay healthy and [work hard], it will show in my game,” Booth said. “I’ll be able to prove that I can play in this league again.”

This isn’t the first time the Maple Leafs have rolled the dice on a struggling former Canucks forward. They also took on Mason Raymond last summer and he rewarded them with a 19-goal, 45-point campaign. Toronto and Booth are hoping history will repeat itself.

  1. lowenni - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I think he still can, his finish with Vancouver last season is evidence of that. Even if he isn’t playing in Toronto’s top-6 his reduced contract takes a ton of pressure and attention off of him, so people can focus on what he IS doing as opposed to what he’s not. Realistically he probably isn’t going to score 30 goals next season, unless maybe he plays with Kadri the whole season, but I think he’ll be a good third liner for them. He’s still a good skater, decent size, good shot, and has an underrated two-way/possession game.

    • pigeonbutt - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I agree with everything save the shot. While he was the beneficiary of playing with Kassian during his very strong finish, Booth was still contributing by moving his legs and driving play towards the net. His goals come with the chaos he creates bee-lining to the crease and his general nose for this rough area.

      His shot in his entire Canucks tenure was mostly awful. If he’s in the slot prepare to watch him throw a soft wrister *directly* into the goalie’s chest or miss altogether by 5 feet.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        Booth will create chances that he can’ t finish. unless he plays with a finisher be prepared for him getting chances, but no goals to show for it…

  2. blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    “as he’ll have a fresh opportunity with Toronto” …

    Yeah ? Well too bad that his fallen four-legged’ victims here in BC can’t say the same eh ?

    FU BOOTH !!!

    AND ‘FU’ TORONTO WHILE WE’RE AT IT !!!!!!

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