“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.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.