David Booth’s latest stint as a healthy scratch is coming to an end. Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella announced that Booth will play tonight after the team returned forward Darren Archibald to the minors.
This is Booth’s latest attempt to try and turn his season — and for that matter his career — around. He has 10 points in 32 games this season while averaging just 13:29 minutes per contest.
That’s a far cry from his career-high of 60 points set in 2008-09 when he was still in his mid-20s. He’s in the fifth season of a six-year, $25.5 million contract. At this rate his next deal will be nothing like that one.
“There are definitely tough days where sometimes that’s all you think about when you are going to bed, just how to get better and what you can do different,” Booth told the Vancouver Sun earlier this week.
He admitted that his struggles have frustrated him and he’s leaned on his faith, family, and friends to help him keep things in perspective.
David Booth was pretty relieved he scored last night
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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.