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David Booth traded to Vancouver

Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 7:41 pm
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By: Adam Gretz

Just two days after one of the local papers offered a trade suggestion in an editorial, Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis swung a blockbuster deal. No, it didn't involve his starting goaltender, but he did manage to acquire forwards David Booth, Steven Reinprecht and a third-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

Booth, a second-round pick by the Panthers back in 2004, is clearly the big player in this trade. He has the ability to be a top-line forward but has battled through some concussion problems throughout his career. In 82 games last season he scored 23 goals to go with 17 assists, which followed a season where he was limited to just 28 games. His best year came during the 2008-09 campaign when he scored 31 goals for the Panthers. He is currently signed through the 2014-15 season and has a contract that carries an annual cap hit of $4.25 million.

In return, the Panthers get two veteran forwards in Samuelsson and Sturm. Samuelsson spent some time with the Panthers during the 2003-04 season, scoring three goals in 37 games. Following the lockout he signed with the Detroit Red Wings and blossomed into a productive forward that was a key part of their team that made back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances. His success in Detroit translated into a long-term contract with Vancouver. He's eligible for unrestricted free agency following this season.

Sturm, meanwhile, has struggled to fit in with the Canucks and has been held off the scoresheet in six games this season.

Other than long-term salary cap relief (the Panthers dump Booth's $4.25 million per season over the next three years, while both Samuelsson and Sturm are off the books after this season) it's difficult to see what other advantage Florida is getting with this deal.

At one time Booth appeared to be one of the core players for the Panthers, and now he's gone for two players that may not be with the team past this season.

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Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:07 pm
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Great trade.  Vancouver got the best player in the deal with the most upside.  Samuelsson and Sturm are done.  Reinprecht can play every day as well.  Florida seems to love getting raped Vancouver in trades.



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:07 pm
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Booth trade to Vancouver = Horton trade to Boston

Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell for the 15th overall pick Dennis Wideman, and a 3rd round pick in 2011.
, Steven Reinprecht and a third-round draft pick from the Florida in exchange for and .



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:01 pm
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

David booth should give the Canucks a decent player on the left wing to play with Kesler and either Higgins or Hodgson.  Higgins will probably be moved down to the 3rd line.

Sedin Sedin Burrows
Booth Kesler Hodgson
Higgins Malhotra  Hansen
Volpatti Lapierre Weise

Ebbett

Canucks needed a LW to play with Kesler. Sturm was brought in to be the answer but he was Absolutely FLAT. Samuellsson worked well with Kesler but worked better with the Sedins in his time here.





Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:48 pm
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Why does Every trade or pick up the Canucks do Involve this line:

"Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis swung a blockbuster deal. No, it didn't involve his starting goaltender.!"

Any Deal for the next 4 years can't involve Vancouver's starting goaltender.  Management can open the deal in 4 years Luongo can request a trade in 5 years

WHAT part of No Trade Contract that can't be opened by either Management or the Player for 4 more years! Don't you guys understand. Even if both wanted to execute a deal It simply can't happen. The Contract is sealed tight for 4 more years. Luongo is not going anywhere.

He also has a No movement clause that stops any movement or demotion to an AHL club or overseas.

So Hockey Writing Hacks find another topic of interest to talk about!









Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:16 pm
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Why would some of you think it's a salary dump?  Florida had to vastly overpay a good number of mediocre players in the off-season just to reach the cap floor.
I was actually thinking that the Panthers are trying to make themselves attractive to potential buyers who would move them out of Miami instead of "dumping salary."  The more contract obligations they eliminate for the 2012-13 season, the more attractive they are to a buy who wants to get into the NHL but not have to wait five years to really start shaping the team the way they want it to be.  Even though they lose out on a 3rd round pick, the Panthers pick up two players who will definitely be gone in 2012, and they could disappear sooner if they play well and a playoff-bound team comes shopping for veteran depth in February or March.



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:19 am
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

I don't know Booth ao it's hard to comment. Vancouver has issues though, which include a work ethic that isn't near last season's level. That's two players the Canucks don't need or want. In return the Canucks get someone they may like, if healthy.

It could shake up a few of the mellow Euros in Vancouver as well..... 

The Sedin line will not be messed with until the playoffs, if then. That's where it starts to break down, not in the regular season...



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:57 am
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Also, Fla is more likely to win with both players imo.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:57 am
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Why would some of you think it's a salary dump?
Because it is a gm who likes veteran players of a certain "character" (of which Booth is not one), FLA is over budget right now, and he'll need Booth's contract space to overpay on the extensions of the young players the next two years. 

If Booth gets banged up again or continues to struggle, the market for him may have dried up.   It was a dump, and the salary and years on the contract were the biggest factores.    Notice Sturm and Saumuelsson are without trade restrictions.    More dumping to come, they're over budget this year.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:01 am
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

Why would some of you think it's a salary dump?  Florida had to vastly overpay a good number of mediocre players in the off-season just to reach the cap floor.  Getting rid of a larger contract (relatively speaking - for Florida that is) doesn't make sense since the Panthers may find themselves in the same situation again next summer.  This isn't a salary dump - not remotely close.  It's more a case of getting rid of an injury prone player that has never reached his potential.  Buffalo dumped Connolly for the same reasons.  But like the Leafs found out quicker than they wanted, sometimes one man's garbage isn't another man's treasure.  I think Vancouver may find that's the case with Booth.  Don't be so quick to think the Panthers got robbed....it may turn out Vancouver has taken on a 4+ mil salary for the next few years for a player that sits out injured or doesn't produce as thought. 

Two sides to every story....



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:50 am
 

David Booth traded to Vancouver

A couple of tough defenders are needed more than another forward for the Canucks.  Not sure about this.  I'm sure the Bruins belted them on the scoresheet early in games during the Stanley Cup last year.


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