Feb 21, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth (7) prepares for the face-off during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Canucks defeated the Stars 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

David Booth Might Not Be Ready for Canucks Training Camp

Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth might not be ready for training camp, according to the Vancouver Province’s Jason Botchford.

He reports Booth is dealing with multiple issues including a calf strain after undergoing surgery on his ankle in April. Booth is struggling to stay on schedule for a September return and the Canucks are currently “unsure” if Booth will be ready.

Last week, Booth’s agent Mike Liut told News 1130 Sports that his client hasn’t skated this offseason, but is on schedule and will be ready for training camp when it opens on September.

Who to believe? It is never a good sign when a player is yet to skate with just over three weeks to go until the opening of training camp. It will not be surprising if Booth is not ready given the new information we have now.

Many armchair coaches have pegged Booth to play on the second line with Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler. If he is not ready, it will give Chris Higgins or prospect Nicklas Jensen a chance at a top-six role.

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