With Daniel Sedin still out, Booth becomes that much more important to the Canucks. So far, he certainly hasn't delivered what Vancouver thought it was getting
, and Samuelsson, in eight fewer games, scored only three less goals
for the Panthers.
It's beyond this season, meanwhile, where the ramifications of the deal become more interesting, particularly if Booth continues to be rather average.
The contracts of Samuelsson and Sturm expire after this season. Booth, however, has three more years left on a contract that pays him $4.25 million per season, precisely the reason Florida wanted to get rid of him even though they'd spent madly over the summer adding contracts just to get to the salary floor. Tallon has found Vancouver to be a useful dumping ground for contracts he prefers to be rid of
, such as the Keith Ballard deal, which was sent to the Canucks in 2010 for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and a first round pick.
That contract also still has three years to run at $4.2 million per season. Ballard, meanwhile, was on the periphery of the Vancouver defence corps a year ago in the run to the Cup final, and this year he has been sidelined since Feb. 7 with a concussion. Grabner was a Calder Trophy candidate and the Panthers used the first rounder to select Quinton Howden, who has 70 goals in the past two seasons with the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors.
Don't know if the Canucks are happy with the Booth and Ballard deals. But the Panthers sure are.