Various sources tonight report the Vancouver Canucks have acquired left wing David Booth and center/LW Steven Reinprecht, plus a third round pick in 2013, from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A surprising move here by the Panthers, as Booth was thought to be a key part of their offense, but with only one point in his first six games, it appears GM Dale Tallon had soured on Booth, who has three more seasons after this one at $4.25 million per, a contract Tallon inherited when he took over as GM of the Panthers over a year ago.
It’s understandable why he would want to ditch Booth’s contract,as well as Reinprecht, who is in the final year of his deal worth a cap hit of $2.050 million, and had no spot on the Panthers lineup. What’s puzzling is why Tallon would take back a banged up Marco Sturm, who appears on his last legs as an NHL player, and a 34-year-old Mikael Samuelsson, who is still feeling the after-effects of off-season sports hernia/adductor surgery. The only benefit I can see for the Panthers is Sturm and Samuelsson are UFAs at season’s end.
If Booth should regain his scoring form with the Canucks, he’ll provide much-needed offensive depth on their second line. Reinprecht is probably headed to the Canucks farm team, but could be a worthwhile depth player to have in their system if injuries arise later in the season.