As you probably now know, the Canucks will be using a compliance buyout on David Booth, making him a UFA this summer.
His game has declined since leaving Florida, but in my opinion, he could be an affordable low risk reclamation project for the Red Wings with some upside.
In Vancouver he went through some big injuries, but also couldn't find the form that earned him his $4M+ cap hit while playing in Florida. Last season, he was a serviceable bottom six guy for the Canucks, but his buyout has more to do with his price tag.
At the right price and for 1/2 years, I think he could be an interesting addition to the Red Wings.
- On a small note, he's a Michigan native.
- He has the kind of versatility that the Red Wings like in a bottom six guy. Good size (6'2", 212), has good speed, likes to forecheck, can kill penalties and likes to go to the net.
-However, the most intriguing factor... When he was on his game in Florida (07/08 to 10/11; 84 goals and 72 assists in 255 games), he played mostly on a line with current Red Wings center Stephen Weiss.
The upside here is that re-uniting Booth with Weiss could give Weiss a boost and put his awful 13/14 season in the rear view mirror, while Booth could give them another option in the top six for cheap.
If not, Booth would pretty much be a slightly better version of Patrick Eaves, which certainly wouldn't hurt.
Maybe 1 or 2 years between $1-1.5M per?