“When you break your ankle, your ligaments kind of naturally tear as a consequence of the torque,” Liut told the Vancouver Sun. “So David had a fracture and he’s got pins and some hardware in there. If you have ever seen someone who tears up their ankle, I mean, it takes a long time for the ankle to go back to normal.
“It’s a long process. I’ve seen guys with a high ankle sprain out for three months with no surgery and no cast. When they say a high ankle sprain, they should say a high ankle torn ligament because that’s really what it is. It’s just a matter of to what degree.”
In other words, Liut doesn’t think Booth’s injury has healed to the point where he will be cleared by doctors to play due to the lengthy heal process of a high ankle sprain. This means the Canucks—if they desired—cannot buyout Booth.
The buyout window opens 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Booth has been one of the candidates that have been circulated around as a possible buyout candidate. The other being defenceman Keith Ballard.
The Canucks have committed just over $64.2 million next season with defenceman Chris Tanev to sign and at least six more depth players. The trade of goaltender Roberto Luongo may just give them enough space to fill out the rest of the roster without using any a buyout on Ballard or Booth.
H/T to ProHockeyTalk