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Booth, Reinprecht Traded To Vancouver For Samuelsson And Sturm

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired left wing David Booth, centre Steve Reinprecht and a third round draft pick in 2013 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

Booth, 26, played 82 games with the Panthers in 2010.11 recording 23 goals and 17 assists (23-17-40) for 40 points plus 26 penalty minutes. In 309 career games with Florida, Booth has recorded 167 points (87-80-167) and 127 penalty minutes. The six-foot, 212-pound winger was originally selected 53rd overall by the Panthers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Booth won gold with the U.S. World Junior Championship team in 2004 and the 2002 IIHF U18 team.

Reinprecht, 35, played 29 games with Florida (4-6-10) and 18 games for Adler Mannheim (4-9-13) of the DEL in 2010.11. In 663 career NHL games Reinprecht has recorded 382 points (140-242-382) and 186 penalty minutes. The Edmonton, Alberta, native has played in 50 postseason games scoring 10 goals and 10 assists (10-10-20). Undrafted, Reinprecht made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings. The six-foot, 195-pound centre has played for five NHL teams including: Los Angeles, Colorado, Calgary, Phoenix and Florida.

added 8:01pm, via the Panthers press release,

“This trade gives us more depth as both Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm are first-class, top-notch, two-way NHL players,” said Tallon. “In addition, Samuelsson is a Stanley Cup Champion, and this trade gives us better roster flexibility moving forward.”


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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

This is a huge win for the Canucks if Booth can remain healthy.  Considering he finally managed to play a full season last year, things are looking good.  Samuelson has been the whipping boy for the Canucks since last year.  He had a really good first year, then he kinda faded last year.  Furthermore, the fact that he has had to do a couple of surgeries over the last year, and its a no brainer.  Sturm, never really got that great of a chance in Vancouver, then again, when he did get a chance, he looked mediocore at best. 
Really looking forward to what Booth can do in Vancouver.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 10/23/11 at 12:53 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Yep, should provide immediate benefits for Van. I can only assume this was done as a salary dump by Florida, as Sturm and Samuelsson are UFAs next year. Not that I think that Florida’s going to do anything drastic in the off-season…

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 10/23/11 at 12:57 AM ET


I was thinking the same thing, Shazam. I’ve always thought Reinprecht was a bit underrated at times and Booth will fit nicely with Vancouver.

Posted by Jesters Dead on 10/23/11 at 04:05 AM ET


Booth is making the money to play on one of the top two lines and with the new Panthers additions he isn’t good enough to play on the top two. He is a defensive liability and possibly one hit away from a concussion. This was a smart move to unload big contracts while Booth still has some value. He may turn around his play on the Canucks but he wasn’t very good this year. Good luck to him he is a class act.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 10/23/11 at 04:04 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Definitely seems like a good trade. More risk for the Canucks—Samuelsson and Sturm are safe players that will give you a predictable level of production and all-around play—but Booth has the top-end talent that could score 30 goals and 70 points, especially if he’s re-energized to finally play on a winning team with highly talented players.

Come trade deadline, I feel like this sets up a perfect trade of Samuelsson back to Detroit if the Wings need a veteran boost up front. smile

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/24/11 at 11:10 AM ET

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