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Back in Michigan, David Booth has eyes on South Florida

Booth1Sorry, forgot to post this earlier in the week, but was busy doing football stuff. Anyway, here is the story I did on David Booth working his way back:

In just over a month, the Panthers will take the ice in Coral Springs for the start of training camp. Forward David Booth would like to fast-forward to that September day.

``I can't wait to get back, we have a good group here,'' Booth said last week. ``We have a new team, but it's one I think can be in a position to win. This is an exciting time, exciting for everyone.''

The Panthers open training camp Sept. 18.

Booth's last season was trying -- two concussions cut it short. The first concussion cost him 45 games and a possible trip to the Olympics with Team USA. The second ended his season with three weeks remaining.

After his first concussion -- he was knocked cold at open ice by a hard-charging Mike Richards in Philadelphia on Oct. 24 -- Booth tried to force the issue and come back as quickly as possible. Booth suffered from headaches and double-vision and had to shut things down for a bit. Booth returned Jan. 31 and looked a little off.

``I knew it was going to take a while,'' he said. ``It was like having three months off, then trying to jump into it. I think it made me a stronger person.''

On March 25, Booth was knocked out again -- this time along the boards on a clean check by Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek -- just days after he recorded his first two-goal game of the season in Toronto. The Spacek hit ended his season. Booth, who became Florida's highest-paid forward after he signed a six-year deal with the team last summer, ended with just eight goals and eight assists in 28 games.

Booth said he is back to normal, his health the beneficiary of the typically long hockey offseason in South Florida. With no games to come back to, Booth has been able to take it easy and not rush things. On Monday, Booth began his offseason skating regimen in his native Michigan, with his focus on September and a chance to start again.

``This is big. I have a lot to prove,'' he said. ``Last year was like a year off in a sense. I have been working really hard this summer, trying to get back to where I was before. After the concussions, I couldn't do the things I wanted to do. I'm getting my strength back, my quickness. It's coming along.

``I can't wait to put things to use when camp opens in a couple of weeks.''

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PLEASE, David. Keep your head up--or this is going to be a very short season for you and the team!

Booth proved last year how important he is to the team. It is not easy to replace a 30 goal scorer.

booth weiss frolik
higgins stiller bernier
grabner reinprecht dvorak
bitz matthias/reasoner repik


boys florida still needs a superstar to put fans in the stands sorry

@'go leafs' (your on the wrong website for starters): stillman isn't a center - reinprecht/matthias will be 2nd line center.

Hey Go Leafs- go worry about your own franchise. BTW- Stillman is paid like a 2nd liner but he plays like a 3rd liner.

More realistically....

Booth-Weiss-Frolik

Higgins-Reinprecht-Grabner

Stillman-Matthias-Dvorak

Olesz-Reasoner-Bitz/Bernier

Now, you might see DeBoer experiment with Stillman on the 2nd line RW instead of Grabner(it all depends on if Pete thinks Grabner is ready), and the 2nd and 3rd line C may be swapped, but other than that, I don't see(unless someone else blows DeBoer away during camp with they're development) things shaking out much more differently than that.

And for the record, I don't mind having fans of other NHL teams comment here. It either makes them look like educated hockey fans, or complete tools...You decide.

bud the leafs are terrible no one wants to play there and its in canada

its going to be intresting to see how booth does hes a hard worker for sure lets just hope he keeps his head up and becomes a superstar which florida does need i dont no why tallon doesnt ship out vokoun for another goal scorer bring up markstrom and see if he can get rid of olesz for like a 5th round draft pick ti dumo salary and also trade off mccabe?? owell it probably going to be another long summer in sunrise for 2011 but you never no maybe someone will break out or with the new additions so new chemisrty will start up and be like a solid nashvile team was !
for the leafs guy what are you doing on this website lol

If Grabner isn't ready, we are in deeper doo doo than already expected.

Can't get much worse than picking 1st or 2nd in the upcoming draft, Bob, which is exactly where I expect The Cats to be after they're done shipping Vokoun off for players, prospects, and/or picks.

It's gonna be a long year, no doubt, but a necessary one for the long term, IMO. Nick Bjugstad looks like the real deal(so far, at evaluations..he led all players with 7 goals), and I have no doubt that Gudbranson will be a contributor more sooner than later, also Markstrom is gonna be the #1 with the Amerks in 2010-11, so the eye is firmly set to the future.

If Bernier and Grabner can have breakout season's and contribute offensively then that will be great for the Panthers offense. They also need frolik to step up. You can't rely on Booth and Weiss to score

Is Gudbrandson going back to JR's? anyone know?

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