Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks said winger David Booth is not yet ready to play after undergoing an off-season ankle surgery.
“He is day to day,” Tortorella answered when asked about Booth’s status during a media meeting before the start of training camp Wednesday at Rogers Arena.
“Like John said, he’s day to day. We are going to continue to evaluate him and make sure we don’t have issues going forward,” added general manager Mike Gillis, who remains confident that Booth will return this season.
“Yeah, I do. I am not going to tell you that. David suffered a very serious injury last year. He is a big part of this team moving forward and we have to protect our team,” Gillis said.
“It’s just like any other player who has suffered that kind of injury. It’s training camp and with a player of his stature and his experience you don’t need to push him into a situation he is not going to be ready for and risk something else,” he added.
Booth suffered what was initially described as an ankle sprain in a game March 16 against the Detroit Red Wings. But the injury was more severe than first acknowledged and Booth had surgery on the ankle on March 22.
Booth has been plagued with injuries since being acquired by the Canucks two years ago from the Florida Panthers. He played just 12 games for the Canucks last season and had one goal and two assists.
Booth’s injury creates another possible opening for Canucks prospects like wingers Nicklas Jensen and Hunter Shinkaruk to crack the lineup.
The Canucks players reported to camp Wednesday morning for fitness testing and will be out at UBC for on-ice fitness testing Thursday. Camp resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rogers Arena.
Tortorella, hired earlier this summer to replace the fired Alain Vigneault, said he can’t wait to start camp.
“I am ready to go,” he said. “I have been ready for a while.”