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Vancouver Will Give Booth A Chance To Find His Scoring Touch

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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if there was tears, there is no way that should have made it to the public…. what the hell tallon?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/23/11 at 11:42 PM ET

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if there was tears, there is no way that should have made it to the public…. what the hell tallon?

How is that exactly? in today’s day and age, that is such a fallacy.  Real Men Cry…  wink

No big deal.  At all. If anything, I am glad a guy that played for only one team cared that much about that team.  I am sure once he gets here that the only tears will be ones of joy.

Posted by vancitydan on 10/24/11 at 12:39 AM ET

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David Booth is a class act, very religous and good allround guy. A fan favorite. However on today’s Panthers there are players that produce more for less money. Panthers have more depth and Booth was the odd man out. It was about performance the team and his.  I always liked Booth but it was time for him to move on. Good luck to him in Vancouver.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 10/24/11 at 01:33 PM ET

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Booth really had no chance in FLA, that team is so terrible (still) that he had nobody around him.  That he managed what he did on that joke of a roster is a testament.

He’ll have a chance to blossom now, if not statistically then in actual effectiveness still.  The burden won’t be on him and pretty much him alone.  Look at what happened to Nathan Horton…

And God, still… what a steal for VAN, no matter how you look at it.

Posted by Primis on 10/24/11 at 01:38 PM ET

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