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David Booth Goes from Mr. Sunshine to Mr. Drizzle: Florida Panthers Send Popular Booth to Canucks

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David Booth obviously didn't see this coming.

The popular Panthers winger joked about his Michigan State football team in the morning and showed up to the BankAtlantic Center early to do his workout.

Then he was traded.

Booth apparently broke down in tears when informed that he was traded to Vancouver in exchange for veteran wingers Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm. Booth left a message for his teammates on the dry erase board in the locker room.

The trade was finalized not long before the Panthers took the ice for their pregame skate. Florida ended up beating the visiting Islanders 4-2.

“Anytime this happens as you're going out for a game, yeah, it's shocking,'' center Stephen Weiss said. “I would have liked to have been able to see him and wish him luck, say goodbye. That's the toughest part, not being able to do that.''

Booth, who turns 27 next month, had struggled this season notching just one assist. While tied for fourth on the team with 14 shots, he was tied for ninth in scoring. And his minus-6 rating was worst on the team.

While the Panthers unload Booth's big contract, GM Dale Tallon said the move was about performance. He hadn't been happy with the Panthers of late and didn't think Booth was performing at a high level.

“Those are tough decisions you have to make,'' Tallon said. “We have to move on. He’s going to a great organization, a great team and has a good chance to help them get to where they want to go.”

Samuelsson, who won the Stanley Cup with 2008 with Detroit and played in Florida from 2003-04, has a goal and two assists in six games. Sturm has no goals nor assists in six games. Florida also sent minor league center Steven Reinprecht and a third round pick (which Florida originally got from the Canucks in 2011 for Chris Higgins) to Vancouver.

Prior to Saturday's win, the Panthers had been shut out in consecutive losses to Washington and Buffalo.

“A lot of things come into play. We’re in the performance business and I was not happy with our team’s performance, especially the last two games,'' Tallon said.

"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.”

Samuelsson and Sturm are expected to join the Panthers in Montreal. Florida plays the Canadiens on Monday night. Sturm will not have visa issues; Samuelsson will need to get one while the Panthers are in Ottawa next week.

Booth, a fan favorite, had four more years left on his contract at $4.25 million per season. Samuelsson and Sturm make about a combined $4.5 million this season and could be free agents on July 1. With Reinprecht's $2 million salary thrown in, Florida saves about $2 million in payroll while taking on a small cap hit as Reinprecht – who was playing in the AHL – didn't count against Florida's cap.

“Nothing to do with contract. Nothing to do at all,'' Tallon said. “We’re taking on more money in this deal. It gives our young guys an opportunity to make our lineup moving forward. It gives us more freedom and flexibility as we move forward. .-.-. On the NHL [cap] side, we’re taking on more money.”

The Panthers awarded Booth with a six-year contract in 2009 after he had 31 goals in his second full season and 56 total. But the 2009-10 season was a washout for Booth as he suffered two major concussions and played in just 28 games.

Booth bounced back last season, playing in all 82 games as he scored 23 goals with 17 assists. Booth was a disappointing minus-31, however.

There had been rumors that the Panthers had been trying to move Booth – because of his contract – for some time, although Tallon denied that on Saturday. He did say a deal with the Canucks had been in the works during the week. Booth did not have to waive a no-trade clause to go to the Canucks.

Tallon said that if the Panthers don't get going, more moves could be made.

“We treat everybody equally. They better pull up their socks,'' he said. “It doesn’t matter if they signed as free agents or not. It’s about production, it’s about performance and it’s about the Panthers.”

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When David Booth wasn't on the ice for Florida's pregame skate on Saturday, all kinds of speculation began. Was Booth benched for being a minus-6 with no goals and only one assist through six games? Was he hurt? 

Turns out, the Panthers traded him.

General manager Dale Tallon said Saturday that the popular Booth was sent west to the Vancouver Canucks; Florida gets former Panthers winger Mikael SammySamuelsson, 34, and 33-year-old Marco Sturm in return. Booth turns 27 next month.

Florida also sent minor league center Steven Reinprecht and a third round pick (which Florida originally got from the Canucks in 2011 for Chris Higgins). 

BoothBooth, who was joking about his alma mater Michigan State's chances against Wisconsin hours before the deal, couldn't be reached for comment. 

“I think he’s sad. It’s not easy. I like him a lot, he’s a great person,'' Tallon said. “Those are tough decisions you have to make. We have to move on. He’s going to a great organization, a great team and has a good chance to help them get to where they want to go.”

Samuelsson and Sturm are expected to join the Panthers in Montreal. Florida plays the Canadiens on Monday night. Sturm will not have visa issues; Samuelsson will need to get one while the Panthers are in Ottawa next week. 

“A lot of things come into play. We’re in the performance business and I was not happy with our team’s performance, especially the last two games,'' GM Dale Tallon said, referring to the Panthers' consecutive 3-0 losses to Washington and Buffalo. 

“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.”

Booth, a fan favorite, had four more years left on his Booth2contract at $4.25 million per season. Samuelsson and Sturm make about a combined $4.5 million this season and could be free agents on July 1. With Reinprecht's $2 million salary thrown in, Florida saves about $2 million in payroll while taking on a small cap hit as Reinprecht – who was playing in the AHL – didn't count against Florida's cap.

“Nothing to do with contract. Nothing to do at all,'' Tallon said. “We’re taking on more money in this deal. It gives our young guys an opportunity to make our lineup moving forward. It gives us more freedom and flexibility as we move forward. .-.-. On the NHL [cap] side, we’re taking on more money.”

Booth definitely struggled this season. While tied for fourth on the team with 14 shots, he was tied for ninth with just one point. Samuelsson, who won the Stanley Cup with 2008 with Detroit and played in Florida from 2003-04, has a goal and two assists in six games. Sturm has no goals nor assists in six games.

The Panthers awarded Booth with a six-year contract in 2009 after he had 31 goals in his second full season and 56 total. But the 2009-10 season was a washout for Booth as he suffered two major concussions and played in just 28 games. 

Booth bounced back last season, playing in all 82 games and scored 23 goals with 17 assists.

There had been rumors that the Panthers had been trying to move Booth – because of his contract – for some time, although Tallon denied that on Saturday.

He did say a deal with the Canucks had been in the works during the week. Booth did not have to waive a no-trade clause to go to the Canucks.

Tallon said that if the Panthers don't get going, more moves could be made. 

“We treat everybody equally. They better pull up their socks,'' he said. “It doesn’t matter if they signed as free agents or not. It’s about production, it’s about performance and it’s about the Panthers.”


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Terrible move. Sure, we take on CAP money, but this is another money-saving move. I just don't see this as making sound hockey sense. You trade away good youth for average at best older guys on the last year of their contracts?

This was about unloading Reino's salary.

Booth was a class act and fan favorite. He loved Florida and Florida loved him. It is a shame that this had to happen, because he is one player that truly will be missed on this team.


Getting 2 older players with expiring contracts shows that Tallon's plan is to continue to give the youth a chance in the coming years. He obviously also wanted to get rid of the Reinchrept contract.

I hope the move works, becuase giving up David Booth is leaving a hole in the heart of many Panther fans.

wtf Tallon?

This is not the season That Tallon is shooting for

Booth is not the same player as before his injury he has one move

This is strafe for capvspace next season

Any wonder the Panthers have not made the playoffs in many years? Moves like this-giving up youth for some mid-30's players.

Well, I'm not liking what the Panthers got for "healthy" Booth and Rhino in exchange especially since Samuelsson sat out the last game for the Canucks, and Sturm seems to stick nowhere with a team. But, I guess its better than Rhino 2mil salary sitting in the AHL team.

I will say this the Panthers made the right call in trading Booth. -6 and his play sinking fast, they would have gotten a low ball pick at the trade deadline if he continued his play like that. -30 and oblivion last year, this is what you get in return...not much. trading Booth before his no trade clause kicks in...

in all honesty, nothing has been lost and nothing gained from this trade.


I do commend Tallon and Santos for their hardwork. Panthers have already won more games in October than the past two previous years. They have beat the teams that they are suppose to beat, now they just need to learn how to beat the good teams.

Great job Panthers! Keep it up! And somebody let Markstrom start the next game, so we can send JM packing from Montreal!

As a fan of the Panthers, I do not like this trade. Booth was a fan favorite from the start of his career, and always played hard despite his horrible plus/minus. From an organisational stand point this trade makes sense. It frees up cap space for the future and sends a message to the team. Sure you can look at it like the Panthers traded youth and the potential for 30 goals for two old guys that are past there primes, but the reality is this deal makes (scoring line) room for players like Huberdeau and Howden (possibly even Dadonov this season). And I don't think this had to do with Rhino as much as everyone is saying. This was about Booth, his concussions, and his contract.

I wish all the best to Booth and hope he lights it up in Vancouver and gets his chance to lift the cup some day.

bad trade weiss is hugely upset! tallon this is another bust move! he can say whatever he wants george both you and i know its a pure salary dump they have the trade all mapped out here in canada on tsn its a numbers game!! another trade that van wins off us to make them better and us worse! booth is going to be a supertsar

clemer needs to go marky time is know

I'm sorry, but how is this a bad trade and another "bust move"? Booth hasn't been able to stay healthy, and has lost something since having to battle the concussion problems. If you have issues with this trade, it's only because your vision is clouded by the fact that Booth is a fan favorite.

Expiring contracts are good, especially for a guy who may not make it through another season healthy. If this really was merely a salary dump, they would have traded him over the summer.

Booth has lost several steps, and this a way to get something for him, rather than gambling that he can stay healthy.

Now that the shock of the David Booth trade is over, I'm now more pissed off than ever. This was a terrible deal. Only 6-games into the season on a new line and he is not given time to develop chemistry with his new team mates. There were other players that should of been traded if you had to make deal. The Canucks won in the trade big time and I hope Booth makes the panthers rue the day they traded him.

Ken, you're right on. This isn't a good trade, it's a brilliant trade. Tallon decided upon what had become obvious to many of us, that Booth isn't the same player who was signed to the big contract before his concussions. So here's the deal: the Panthers get out of two burdensome contracts (Booth and Reinprecht), they pick up two solid veterans to play 2nd/3rd line roles this season, and since both are UFAs at the end of the year, they can easily be let go next summer. What does that leave us? (1) more cap space for another key UFA signing or two next summer, and (2) roster space for emerging talent like Huberdeau and Howden next year. Terrible deal? I don't think so.

Booth sucks. Sammuelsons decent. Sturm/Reinprecht - both suck. Man, I called it a few articles ago :) -- more trades, Tallon!

Well, lets hang on to Weiss; he can be a stud when hes not iceskating past the net and forgetting to whack in rebounds.

Clemmer next. We need a star forward like Kessel's turned out for TOR. (not saying we'll get Kessel). Tons of prospects - throw on in for a young and proven NHLer. Who? Thats the fun part :)

Get rid of Bergenheim, too. Clemmer, Bergenheim and a prospect for somebody like Sharp up in CHI.

Brilliant trade! Booth has always been overrated due to the fact that the Panthers lacked offensive skill ever since Bure left. He might not even make the 3rd line of the Canucks.
And don't paint Sturm to be as bad as Reinprecht. If he can stay healthy, he'll be a great assist this season.
Tallon, keep on doing these smart moves please! Love it!

Thanks for Booth FLA fans, Samuelsson doesn't care this season, and Sturm can't skate to save his life anymore. I'd much rather take a chance on Booth than keep old dead weight around. Enjoy your top 8 pick again FLA.

talkin about bure

florida feeds off vancouvers left overs

Well, it was really nice of Tallon to try to help the Canucks win.

This transaction was unwise. Let' not kid ourselves. This was about 1) unloading Rhino's contract; 2) trading a non-Tallon acquisition; 3) getting rid of salary; and 4) not admitting that his (Tallon's) pickups during the off-season earn just as much $$$ as Booth, but have never scored as many goals as Booth.

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