Canucks Report: Booth Placed On Waivers, Buyout Forthcoming

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Jim Benning made his first move as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks today, and it was one that everybody saw coming a mile away.

The Canucks placed forward David Booth on waivers today, with the intention of using their second compliance buyout on the winger. Booth was acquired early into the 2011-12 campaign, with the hope that they were adding an extra 30-goal scorer to the roster despite his history of injuries while playing for the Florida Panthers. Describing his three seasons on the West Coast as “disappointing” is an understatement, scoring only 26 goals and 26 assists for a grand total of 52 points in 134 games. If that wasn’t bad enough, Booth was rarely healthy and had a string of injuries over the course of his Canucks tenure. Not exactly the type of rewards you’re expecting from a player earning an annual cap hit of 4.25 million dollars.

Should he clear waivers, Booth will be paid a little over 1.4 million in each of the next two seasons; The Canucks will then use the 4.25 million on other acquisitions and moves. Booth was the last of the two compliance buyouts given to Vancouver in 2012-13, the first being used on current Minnesota Wild defensemen Keith Ballard.

Lachlan Irvine

Lifelong Canucks fan, goalie on the ice.

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