Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/23/11 at 09:24 PM ET
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
David Booth reportedly broke down in tears when told of the trade.
However, once the left winger stomachs the seven stages of grieving and reaches the acceptance and hope phase, they should turn to tears of joy to jump-start an NHL career that has teased of star potential and disappointed with stretches of inconsistency and two serious concussions. If this is truly a case of a great performer not having the right supporting cast with the Florida Panthers — as opposed to a player fading from a career-high 31 goals in 2008-09 and being a salary dump — then Booth should be salivating at a chance to play with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins on Tuesday in Edmonton on the All-American Line…
Booth has three more seasons at $4.25 million US annually — Florida general manager Dale Tallon was trying to rationalize it as a performance-based issue with the club’s second-round pick of 2004.
“Nothing to do with contract — nothing at all,” he told the Miami Herald. “We’re taking more money in this deal [$2.5m in Samuelsson, $2.2m in Sturm] and it gives our young guys an opportunity. I wasn’t going to sit here and let this fester and I want to send a message and I want to make changes and get better….
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