The Vancouver Canucks have sent David Booth to the AHL, but not for being a totally ineffective forward for them. No, he’s been reassigned to the Utica Comets on a conditioning stint after missing the last four games with a lower-body injury. While the Canucks would likely love to leave him there, Booth will be back up in Vancouver in no time.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 4, 2013
To be fair, Booth did the Canucks a solid in allowing them to reassign him for a few games. The team needed his permission before sending him to the minors, and he granted Vancouver its wish.
The #Canucks couldn’t assign David Booth to the Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment without his permission.
— Allen Tung (@Ehlun) November 5, 2013
There was a point when the Canucks were viewed as the clear winners of the trade for Booth. He was acquired from the Florida Panthers for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm, both of whom had expiring contracts. Now both of those players are off of Florida’s pay roll, while the Canucks continue to shell out $4.25 million a season for Booth and his… services.
He has one more year left on his contract after 2013-14, and could do himself a favor by managing to score a few goals once he returns to the NHL.