Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a 1 year contract worth $1.1 million.

[quote_box_center]SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Has speed to burn. Can put up points in bunches and is ultra aggressive on the forecheck. Also boasts a nose for the net. Can play on either side of center, which adds to his overall value.
Flaws:Concussions are still a concern with him, especially since he has a bad habit of keeping his head down in dangerous areas of the ice. Isn’t a natural setup man. Lacks game-to-game consistency.
Career Potential:Speedy, streaky scoring winger.
– The Forecaster[/quote_box_center]

Leafs fans might remember David Booth from when the Leafs coveted him way back when they traded Bryan McCabe to the Panthers. He has had injuries problems since then that have derailed his career, but he remains solid at forechecking, cycling, and driving the net. When he came back from his major concussion he did have a 23 goal season the following year, before getting traded to Vancouver where he had a 16 goal season. He might still have some scoring left in him. Although he is 6’0 even, he is thick, as he’s listed as over 210 pounds. Of interest to Leafs fans is that he’s had success playing with Mike Santorelli in both Florida and Vancouver.

The Maple Leafs have taken a flyer here on a player who has struggled with injuries and was deemed a poor fit in Vancouver last season, when he played just 13:48 a night on average and didn’t live up to the $4.25 million cap hit, which was bought out by the Canucks.  This will create a tremendous amount of competition among the wingers in the top 9 when taken in combination with the Matt Frattin and Mike Santorelli additions.

The Leafs were considered to be the one of the fastest—if not the fastest—teams in the league the last few seasons and just got a little bit faster again. Booth is an ardent forechecker and strong board player, but has struggled to stay healthy while doing what makes him most successful — and given his rap sheet of injuries the past three years, that is likely the biggest question mark here, because there’s little doubt he has the talent to provide good value in terms of secondary production for the $1.1 million.

It’s hard to dislike the risk-reward ratio with adds like Santorelli, Frattin,  Kontiola, and now David Booth. There’s been no serious commitment made to any of them, and they add depth and versatility to the forward group. With the new array of options, the Leafs will surely fill out the forward group better than last season and have created healthy competition among hungry players with something to prove. A number of these may not work out, but there’s at least the potential to surprise with little associated risk, and no pressure to put developing kids in positions above their heads.

David Booth Highlights

David Booth Statistics

 TeamLgeGPGAPtsPIMplus/minusGPGAPtsPIM
2000 - 01Compuware AmbassadorsNAHL4217133044
2001 - 02USNTDP Under-18 TeamNAHL613418
2001 - 02U.S. Junior National TeamUSHL124376----------
2002 - 03Michigan State UniversityCCHA39171936530
2003 - 04Michigan State UniversityCCHA3081018306
2004 - 05Michigan State UniversityCCHA29791630
2005 - 06Michigan State UniversityCCHA3613223550
2006 - 07Rochester AmericansAHL25771426860224
2006 - 07Florida PanthersNHL483710120----------
2007 - 08Florida PanthersNHL732218402613----------
2008 - 09Florida PanthersNHL723129603810----------
2009 - 10Florida PanthersNHL28881623-3----------
2010 - 11Florida PanthersNHL8223174026-31----------
2011 - 12Florida PanthersNHL60112-6----------
2011 - 12Vancouver CanucksNHL5616132932150110
2012 - 13Vancouver CanucksNHL121234-3----------
2013 - 14Vancouver CanucksNHL6691019181----------
2013 - 14Utica CometsAHL30110-1----------

Dave-Booth-Possession_Corsi_Stats

  • Reether

    If nothing else this guy provides depth to the lineup and he can be moved up and down it if need be. I definitely like it better than trading for a Josh Bailey.

  • Mcost61

    Reether  I like him as a player, real competitor. Just can’t stay healthy

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’ll never forget that head shot he took from Richards.

  • Zep2

    Ill ask again

    Is this decision based on advanced stats or is Nonis tossing Phils cousin a bone

  • Mcost61

    Zep2  I think we needed  winger depth

  • Cloud09

    Zep2 Who knows, maybe they wanted to just sign a depth player and Booth is one of the better remaining UFA’s

  • skiingallday

    Zep2 I think its setting up a bigger trade. Means a winger is going, likely in a package with Franson.

  • Cloud09

    skiingallday Zep2 Doubtful but fun to think about.

  • T K O

    not a bad signing but I honestly thought he better career numbers.

  • Mcost61

    Jonas Siegel ‏@jonasTSN1050 https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/491672763380559872
    Should be interesting competition for positioning on the wing with Frattin, Booth, Komarov, Clarkson, Santorelli, Bodie, and Ashton.

  • Burtonboy

    There’s a trend with all the new signings . Speed and aggressive forechecking

  • Murph2417

    Burtonboy I’d say shanny has some doing in this.

  • Murph2417

    CanuckUKinToronto I am new to this depth thing but holy it feels nice to have.

  • dlb Mad

    i thought the Leafs were considered fast in the shortened season…but i don’t remember seeing, or hearing, of that same team speed last year.
    am i wrong?  link?

  • Zep2

    Cloud09 Zep2 Ashton must be going WTF and Bodie speed dialling Liewecke

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy Seems like Shanahan and Nonis now prefer to play in the other teams end of the rink.  Good sign.

    Still can’t see where the “toaster” fits into the picture LOL

  • Murph2417

    https://twitter.com/ElliotSaccucci https://twitter.com/ElliotSaccucci/status/491673179962626048
    https://twitter.com/LeafsNews https://twitter.com/hashtag/leafs?src=hash sign David Booth to a one year deal. Why not, late signing left winger from Vancouver worked last time, didn’t it? https://twitter.com/hashtag/nhl?src=hash

  • Cloud09

    Sooo…..

    JVR-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Kadri-Santorelli
    Komarov-Kontiola-Booth
    Ashton-Holland-Clarkson
    Bodie-Frattin

    ??

  • Great Dane

    Murph2417 Now we should just remember to trade them for picks or prospects.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    dlb Mad If you don’t consider the Leafs one of the fastest teams in the league, then you haven’t been watching much hockey.

  • Great Dane

    Cloud09 Still very weak up the middle and 3 or 4 forwards on one years deals.

  • Cloud09

    dlb Mad No I think you are pretty bang on with the team speed. I think the Leafs not being able to exit the defensive zone effectively neutralized most of the speed the team had.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy Best defense is to have the puck all the time lol

  • Cloud09

    Great Dane Cloud09 Sky=blue 😛

  • Xxxxxnew

    I thought Santorelli and Booth were a combo.

  • Mcost61

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/491674724678631424
    Booth contract is $1.1-million. So no risk.

  • loomx

    JVR-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Kadri-Santorelli
    Booth-Holland-Clarkson
    Komarov-Kontiola-Frattin
    Ashton

  • Cloud09

    Xxxxxnew Who knows now.

  • Cloud09

    Mcost61 Awww yea!

  • loomx

    Mcost61 Only counts for about 150k against the cap if he’s sent down.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    dlb Mad “We started collectively turning pucks over, and that’s a fast hockey team,” Anaheim’s Ben Lovejoy said. “We gave them too many easy pucks, easy turnovers, and they were able to hit it back at us with speed. We certainly lost our composure and didn’t play how we wanted to play. That’s one of the fastest teams we’ve played, and they made us pay.”-Ben Lovejoy

  • Cloud09

    loomx That looks a little better…

  • mcloki

    Cloud09 dlb Mad The stupid wrap around.

  • loomx

    Mcost61 I love these 1 year, 1 mil deals. Always seems like those players end up doing better than some of the guys getting north of 3mil.

  • Cloud09

    Got to think that Bozak as the defacto #1 centre on this team is coming to an end soon.

  • docmma

    DeclanK dlb Mad You are awesome sir…

  • Rthiffault

    so how much space is left for Gards now?

  • Cloud09

    CanuckUKinToronto Mcost61 I thought that was supposed to be Santorelli.

  • Mcost61

    Rthiffault  Still have Reimer to deal with as well

  • Murph2417

    Rthiffault 7 mill

  • Pent_House

    We’re gonna be fucking fast, hopefully works well for fore-checking

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    https://twitter.com/TOTruculent https://twitter.com/TOTruculent/status/491675157497659392
    Vancouver’s producing more NHLers for Toronto than the Marlies are.

  • Cloud09

    CanuckUKinToronto Cloud09 Who knows, could have just been a pissed off owner drunk on embarrassment.

  • Rthiffault

    Murph2417 Rthiffault totally do-able.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    1.1 is not too bad

  • Cloud09

    CanuckUKinToronto Cloud09 Would be nice to flip Bozak+ for one of SJ’s pieces though.

  • Burtonboy

    Rthiffault Send Orr and Smith down and you still have close to 8 mil

  • Pent_House

    JVR – Bozak – Kessel
    Lupul – Kadri – Booth
    Komarov – Santorrelli – Clarkson
    Ashton – Holland – Kontiola

  • Cloud09

    Mcost61 Rthiffault They will take up $5-6M max.

  • Murph2417

    25 man roster at the cap, that’s really not that bad at all. Send a few of those guys down and you clear up 2-3 mill.
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    FORWARDS
    James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
    David Booth ($1.100m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.500m) 
    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Petri Kontiola ($1.100m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
    Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Peter Holland ($0.775m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m) 
    Carter Ashton ($0.851m) / Trevor Smith ($0.550m) / Troy Bodie ($0.600m) 
    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m) 
    Jake Gardiner ($3.200m) / Cody Franson ($3.300m) 
    Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m) 
    Stuart Percy ($0.863m) / Petter Granberg ($0.800m) 
    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
    James Reimer ($2.700m) 
    BUYOUTS
    Mike Komisarek ($0.000m) 
    Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) 
    Tim Gleason ($0.833m) 
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