Dec 04, 2011; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth (7) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Winger David Booth Joins Team for Practice

Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth appears to be getting closer to returning to the lineup as he joined the team’s morning skate on Saturday.

Booth has been out since the first day of training camp when he strained his groin while undergoing fitness and medical testing. Doctors said he would be out four-to-six weeks and next week would mark the fourth week.

Even though Booth skated today, don’t expect him to be back in the lineup for at least another week or two. The Province’s Jason Botchford reports Booth “barely [got] his skating past second gear” today.

“Just doing  couple of drills out there,” Booth told Canucks TV after practice. “I think just kind of giving it a test to see how it feels—just kind of the first step.”

It doesn’t sound like Booth is confident he will be back soon either as it sounds like he has dealt with a number of setbacks.

“I think it’s getting more frustrating as time goes on cause you really feel like you’re close and then might have a little setback or something else,” Booth said. “Now it’s getting to the point where it’s really irritating me.”

Asked if there’s a timeline for his return, Booth said he’s unsure.

“No, I think that’s kind of something that we have to go day by day. Like I said, each day that passes, you get more frustrated when you’re not playing.

His projected linemate, Ryan Kesler, may or may not be inching towards a return to the lineup. Even though Kesler is skating well and was on the team’s most recent road trip, he still needs to “overcome some significant hurdles” like regaining shoulder strength before he can play.

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