Report: Canucks’ Booth still not skating

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Canucks winger David Booth is apparently still not skating this late into the summer, according to a report out of Vancouver on Monday.

As per a tweet from News 1130 Sports in Vancouver, and citing Booth’s agent, Mike Liut, Booth has not yet began skating and has a screw left in his ankle.

Booth suffered an ankle injury – originally diagnosed as a high ankle sprain – in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 16 and underwent surgery, ending his season.

Booth had been mentioned as a possible compliance buyout candidate, however the injury prevented that from taking place.

A sometimes controversial figure in Vancouver for his off-ice activities, which include hunting and posting photos of his kills on social media, Booth struggled mightily with the Canucks coming out of the lockout.

He suffered a groin injury on the first day of the hastened training camp and which was expected to keep him out of the lineup for four-to-six weeks.

He originally missed the entire first month of the season.

Once healthy, the offensive production from the second-line winger was not there.

Booth, who has two years remaining on a six-year deal that comes with a $4.25 million annual cap hit, had one goal – an empty-net goal – and three points in 12 games.