Tag: David Booth

Toronto Maple Leafs v Anaheim Ducks

Ducks’ Vatanen fined for elbowing Booth (Update: Booth has broken nose)


Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen has been fined $3,393.82 — the maximum allowable under the CBA — for this elbow on Toronto’s David Booth from Wednesday night:

The incident occurred midway through the third period of Anaheim’s 4-0 win, and Vatanen wasn’t penalized on the play. Booth left the game and didn’t return; this morning, the Leafs called up Matt Frattin from the AHL Marlies as a potential injury replacement.


Leafs shut out in Anaheim, have lost five of last six games

Phil Kessel

For the second time in three nights, the Toronto Maple Leafs were kept to a zero on their side of the scoreboard. The losing continues.

On Wednesday, the fell by a final score of 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second of three games through California on this current road trip. Corey Perry had the hat trick – his third already this season – and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists.

According to hockeystats.ca, which tracks the analytic side of the game, Perry and Getzlaf dominated puck possession at even strength, with 75 and 77 per cent Corsi For ratings, respectively.

Hey, at least the Leafs outshot their opponents. That’s something, right? This month, the Leafs have been shut out twice, kept to one goal in a game on two different occasions and have undergone a coaching change.

David Booth left the game in the third period, and didn’t appear to be in good shape as he headed to the dressing room.

The frustration of Leafs fans appears to have reached out west now, too.

David Booth on Torts: ‘He thought I was weird and I thought he was weird’

John Tortorella, David Booth

The Vancouver Canucks play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

For two members of the Maple Leafs – Mike Santorelli and David Booth – it means a meeting against their former team. Of course, the head coach behind Vancouver’s bench, now Willie Desjardins, is different from last year.

Under John Tortorella, fired after one dreadful season with the Canucks, Santorelli soared until a shoulder injury and surgery ended what was a bounce back season in January. For Booth, well, he had mixed results playing for the fiery bench boss and that’s putting it diplomatically. The two clearly had differing personalities.

Finally healthy, Booth was much better toward the end of the season.

By then, the speculation of a summer buyout was increasing as the Canucks fell further out of the playoff race and attention was turning toward off-season changes, which included the firing of Tortorella.

“Guys have different viewpoints on him,” said Booth, as per Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press. “He was hard. He thought I was weird and I thought he was weird.”

Booth underachieved in the three seasons he spent in Vancouver. He scored 16 goals and 29 points in 56 games in 2011-12, when Vancouver acquired him early in the season from Florida, but that was his most productive year with the Canucks.

His time with the Canucks was marred by injuries.

The Canucks used a compliance buyout on the charismatic forward in the off-season.

His luck didn’t change much after he arrived in Toronto. He suffered a fractured foot in the pre-season.

“It wasn’t even a blocked shot,” Booth told The Province newspaper in Vancouver. “Somebody passed it right to my foot, so it was really a fluke. I hate lower-body injuries, especially at the start of the season and it just seems to be my nemesis.

“And the stuff you need only comes with game shape, the reading of plays and puck protection. That takes time and it’s frustrating. But I think I’ve learned from past injuries to stay on top of it and keep spirits high or it’s going to be a long year.”