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Vancouver's Booth starts training camp in sick bay

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VANCOUVER -- High-priced winger David Booth is not ready to hit the ice at the Vancouver Canucks' training camp.

As the Canucks opened camp with off-ice physical testing Wednesday, the veteran forward remained out with an ankle injury suffered last season. General manager Mike Gillis and coach John Tortorella described Booth's status as day to day.

Gillis said he has an idea of when Booth will return, but declined to divulge any details.

Booth, one of Vancouver's highest-paid players at US$4.2 million per season, has not lived up to expectations since being acquired in a trade from Florida early in the 2011-12 season.

A former 30-goal scorer with the Panthers, he had just one -- an empty netter -- and two assists in 12 games in the NHL's lockout-shortened campaign because of injuries.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 12, 2013 D2

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