Ex-Canucks landing in Leafs-land

 

Winger David Booth the latest to sign in Toronto

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth managed just nine goals and 19 points in 66 games last season. Booth played a total of 136 games with the Canucks, scoring 26 goals and adding 25 assists.
 

Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth managed just nine goals and 19 points in 66 games last season. Booth played a total of 136 games with the Canucks, scoring 26 goals and adding 25 assists.

Photograph by: Joel Auerbach, Getty Images

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VANCOUVER — David Booth wasn't unemployed for long.

The 29-year-old winger, who had the final year of his contract bought out last month by the Vancouver Canucks, on Tuesday signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Booth will make $1.1 million next season for the Leafs, who are gambling that he can find the past form he couldn't seem to locate in his nearly three full seasons with the Canucks.

Booth, who scored 31 goals in 2008-09 with the Florida Panthers, managed just nine goals and 19 points in 66 games with the Canucks last season. Booth played a total of 136 games with the Canucks, scoring 26 goals and adding 25 assists.

Booth was scheduled to make $4.75 million in the final year of the six-year contract the Canucks inherited when they acquired Booth in a trade with the Panthers early in the 2011-12 season.

He was bought out for two-thirds of that amount, or about $3.16 million. That money is paid out over two seasons.

Booth made more headlines for some of his off-ice hunting activities than he did with his play in Vancouver. At one point last season, then-Vancouver coach John Tortorella called Booth a "weird dude."

A couple of days ago, Booth posted the following tweet: "If I find in myself a desire in which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I'm made for another world."

Perhaps Toronto can be another hockey world for Booth, who may be getting his last chance to prolong his NHL career.

The Leafs seem to be making a habit of signing ex-Canucks. Earlier this month, they signed former Vancouver forward Mike Santorelli to a one-year, $1.5-million contract. Santorelli had 10 goals and 29 points in 49 games with the Canucks last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Last season, the Leafs signed winger Mason Raymond, who had spent the previous five seasons with the Canucks. Raymond got a $1-million deal from the Leafs last year after attending training camp on a professional tryout.

The Leafs will be hoping Booth can bounce back the way Raymond did last season. Raymond had 19 goals and 45 points last season and was the Leafs' fifth leading scorer. He parlayed that into a three-year contract worth $9.5 million earlier this month with the Calgary Flames.

The Canucks, meanwhile, signed minor-league forwards Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio on Tuesday.

Archibald, 24, had a goal and two assists in 16 games with the Canucks last season. He had 10 goals and 22 points in 59 games with Vancouver's AHL farm team in Utica.

DeFazio had 17 goals, 34 points and 106 penalty minutes in 76 games with Utica last season.

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Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth managed just nine goals and 19 points in 66 games last season. Booth played a total of 136 games with the Canucks, scoring 26 goals and adding 25 assists.
 

Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth managed just nine goals and 19 points in 66 games last season. Booth played a total of 136 games with the Canucks, scoring 26 goals and adding 25 assists.

Photograph by: Joel Auerbach, Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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