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Booth’s ankle injury may make buyout speculation moot


Even if the Vancouver Canucks wanted to use one of their two compliance buyouts on forward David Booth, it’s not clear if they’d be allowed.

You see, Booth suffered a rather serious ankle injury in March, and an injured player cannot be bought out.

“When you break your ankle, your ligaments kind of naturally tear as a consequence of the torque,” Booth’s agent, Mike Liut, told the Vancouver Sun recently. “So David had a fracture and he’s got pins and some hardware in there. If you have ever seen someone who tears up their ankle, I mean, it takes a long time for the ankle to go back to normal. It’s a long process. I’ve seen guys with a high ankle sprain out for three months with no surgery and no cast. When they say a high ankle sprain, they should say a high ankle torn ligament because that’s really what it is. It’s just a matter of to what degree.”

The Canucks may want to bring Booth back next season anyway. The 28-year-old has two years left on his contract, with a cap hit of $4.25 million. In 68 games with Vancouver, he has 17 goals and 15 assists. (Over 82 games, that’s equivalent to approximately 20 goals and 18 assists.)

The most likely buyout candidate on the Canucks is defenseman Keith Ballard, with two years remaining at a cap hit of $4.2 million.

The buyout window opens 48 hours after the Stanley Cup finals ends and goes until free agency starts on July 5.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.