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

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.