In a trade that was announced just about as the puck was being dropped, Florida Panther general manager Dale Tallon announced the trade of fan favourite David Booth to the Vancouver Canucks. Booth who had been struggling so far this season was sent west along with Steven Reinprecht and a third round draft pick (in 2013) to Vancouver in return for veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm. This will be Samuelsson’s second tour of duty with the Panthers, as he spent part of 2003-2004 here with the Panthers playing 37 games putting up only 9 points.
While this move is certainly not popular among fans, Dale Tallon wasn’t brought here to make friends. He was brought here to get this team to challenge for the Stanley Cup, and with the recent play of the Panthers this was a move he felt he had to make. Booth had been struggling this season, and had no goals, one assist, and was a minus 6 in six games. Many feel that his game had changed since the hit from then Flyer Mike Richards, and though that may be right, Booth was still counted in as being an important part of the team’s future. He was signed to a six year contract in the summer of 2009 and a no trade clause would have kicked in next season.
In acquiring Samuelsson and Sturm, Florida gets two proven NHL players that have goal scoring capability. Both players have contracts that expire at the end of the season, so kudo’s to Dale Tallon for that. Each player would be expected to perform at a top level this season in hopes to secure another deal to stay here, rather than test free agency again. As for Sturm he possesses a great shot and is good for 18-25 goals when he’s at the top of his game. For a change, we actually traded offence, and got offence back. Also by trading Steven Reinprecht, the Panthers unloaded a player and a contract that didn’t fit into their plans. Not sure who to thank more, Dale for sending him, or Vancouver GM Mike Gillis for taking him. Either way Rhino was a pro the whole way, and I wish him luck.
Final thoughts on this. Dale’s not messing around. He expects more and if you don’t produce you won’t be here. This isn’t a popularity contest as he has a job to do. Reminds me of the time when the Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs one year after winning the President’s Trophy. The Hawks sent the popular Denis Savard to Montreal in the offseason for Chris Chelios. The Hawks eventually went to the Stanley Cup finals, and Chelios became a huge fan favourite, and all was forgiven.
We can’t have it both ways. We have to win and sometimes there’s casualties because of it. We’ll miss David Booth, but if it lights a fire, and we do better, then that will be forgiven too. We’ll have more on this after the dust settles.
Now when the Canuck crowd chants Booooooo(th) will Roberto Luong-hole be confused and wonder if it’s a boo or a Lou?
As always thank you for reading. We welcome your comments.
Please visit our NHL main page: Too Many Men On The Site.
Follow the Rat Pack on Twitter: me @TheRatTrick , David Lasseter @davidlasseter , Josh Luecht @joshluecht, Patrick McLaughlin @PatrickRattrick, Scott Mullin @ScottFMullin, Cameron Tahernia @Lord_Panther, and David Rodriguez @davidbub_2. Also, please join our Facebook Fan Page and hit the like button, send us photos, and make some comments.