Welcome back, David Booth.
The oft-injured – well, always injured – Vancouver Canucks winger returned to the ice on Wednesday, after he was cleared to return prior to the start of the 2013/14 regular season.
Booth skated with the non-playing group. The rest of the Canucks will be in action tonight at Rogers Arena, taking on the Edmonton Oilers.
“It was quite the feeling,” Booth told The Province. “I mean, it’s been a while since I skated with them.
“I think my goal all along was to be ready for the regular season.”
It’s hard to believe Booth’s only been a Canuck for two seasons. His injury status has been discussed since before he arrived in VanCity. Actually, it’s been discussed ever since he was laid out by Mike Richards in a hit that’s became the poster play for the NHL’s crusade against hits to the head.
Both missed several games his first season with the team, and he only played 12 games last year.
In 78 games with the Canucks, Booth has 17 goals. He’s looking to build on that for Twenty-Fourteen, and he’ll have to.
“He killed us in Florida when I was in Tampa,” Tortorella told the Province. “He can be an asset in how we want to play on the puck. He could be a really good player, but the question is health, and it’s out of my control. If he can stay healthy, it slots people in different spots. We get a good player like that in lineup and it really helps us.”