He met with head coach John Tortorella after Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Booth says the meeting was to get the green light from the coach.
Tortorella is very particular about what players do in their off time and for Booth to work with someone on his skating he needed to get it cleared with the coach first.
General manager Mike Gillis criticized Booth’s game during an appearance on the Team 1040 last week.
“We need him to play harder and play with more tenacity on the puck,” Gillis said (via ProHockeyTalk). “We can’t afford to have him try to learn that while we’re playing game we need to win.
“He’ll be back in the lineup when he’s prepared to play the way the coaches want him to play and make the same sort of effort everyone else is making.”
It appears Booth is taking what Gillis said to heart and is looking to get that explosiveness back in his skating stride.