Maple Leafs sign David Booth to 1-year, $1.1-million contract

by Jul 22, 3:47 PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free agent forward David Booth, the club announced Tuesday. The deal is believed to be worth $1.1 million, according to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

The eccentric 29-year-old has struggled mightily to generate offense over the past three seasons, though he's remained an excellent driver of play. That inability to finish resulted in the Vancouver Canucks exercising a compliance buyout on the final year of his lucrative contract in June. 

While Booth's skill level is questionable, his ability to blow the zone, win puck battles, and carry the puck into the "hard" areas of the ice is beyond doubt. On a one-year, risk-free contract; this deal could pay dividends for a Leafs team that had an obvious need at left wing. 

Jul 23, 4:31 PM

David Booth approaching 1-year deal with Maple Leafs as a shot at 'redemption'

by Jul 23, 4:31 PM

David Booth signed a one-year, $1.1-million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, less than one month after the Vancouver Canucks exercised a compliance buyout on his previous six-year, $25.5-million deal.

Despite the sizable pay cut, the 29-year-old believes there's still plenty of gas in his tank, and he will attempt to use the opportunity in Toronto to prove as much.

The Detroit native added he "talked with a few teams, but playing so close to home in Toronto was too good to pass up." He also spoke to Mason Raymond, with whom he played in Vancouver and who spent 2013-14 with the Maple Leafs, and received glowing reviews about life in the blue and white.

Finally, Booth added he's looking forward to reuniting with another former Canuck.

For his career, Booth is averaging 40 points per season, but has not hit that mark since 2010-11 as a member of the Florida Panthers. If he can produce at that level in Toronto, not only will his contract be a steal, but he'll put himself in a good position to cash in next summer.