Canucks acquire Booth from Panthers
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks acquired left wing David Booth, center Steve Reinprecht and a third-round draft pick in 2013 from the Florida Panthers on Saturday for veteran forwards Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson.
The 26-year-old, who missed 54 games two seasons ago with concussion problems, has 87 goals, 167 points and 127 penalty minutes in 309 games with the Panthers.
“We were looking to try to get a little bit younger and a little quicker. This should give us an opportunity for a little more balance.”
“He hasn’t been hurt at all since he returned,” Gillis said.
Booth has three more seasons after this one on a contract worth $4.25 million per year.
“A lot of things come into play,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said of the decision to make the deal.
“We’re in the performance business and I was not happy with our team’s performance, especially the last two games. I wasn’t going to sit still and let this fester and I want to send a message and I want to make changes and I want to get better. We felt as far as an organization we get two top NHL players and it allows David to rekindle his career and go to a winning team in Vancouver and regain the touch that he had in previous years.”
Signed to a $2.25-million, one-year deal after two knee surgeries, Sturm had yet to find the stride that made him an eight-time 20-goal scorer.
Florida is his fifth team in three seasons _ he was on three last season _ after surgery on both knees over three years.