Tag:Byron Bitz
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:03 pm
 

David Booth meets Vancouver media, talks trade

By Brian Stubits

David Booth met the Vancouver media for the first time since his surprising trade to the Canucks on Saturday. Let's just say it was a far cry from an attention standpoint than any interview he did in Florida.

“No, maybe for the Miami Dolphins, but not for the Florida Panthers," Booth joked.

Much was made over the weekend about Booth reportedly shedding some tears when he was told of the news. Inevitably, the jokes about tears of joy for leaving Florida poured in, but Booth explained why it was so tough for him to hear he was leaving Florida.

"It was an emotional time for me," Booth said. "I live with my brother down in Florida and it's hard to leave him. He's one year younger than me and I grew up my whole life with him.

"It was tough to say goodbye and it is going to be tough for a while.

"I am very close to my family. My dad was down there, too, for the weekend and I'm glad he was. It was good to see him. I have another brother and I am very close with him. My little sister is 16 and a hockey player and she wears No. 7. That's why I chose to be No. 7."

One thing that will help him adapt will be some familiar faces in Vancouver, particularly those who he'll be sharing a line with. Booth goes way back with Ryan Kesler as the two played together growing up in the Detroit area. The other member of his line, Chris Higgins, spent time with the Panthers last season before he, too, was traded to Vancouver. Add in Byron Bitz, Alexander Sulzer and Keith Ballard -- all of whom had stints in Florida recently -- and Booth rightfully joked that if he began the season in Vancouver, he probably would have known more teammates there than in Florida.

As for why he thought he was traded from Florida, where he seemed to be a franchise cornerstone?

“I know they’re turning around the organization. It takes some time. [GM Dale Tallon] has his way of doing things and I wasn’t part of it. That’s all right. You can’t please everybody. ... There are 28 other teams I could’ve went to. I’m glad I came here."

For those counting at home, that leaves Stephen Weiss as the only player who played significant time with the Panthers during the 2008-09 season.

Booth is scheduled to make his debut with the Canucks on Tuesday night in Edmonton.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:34 am
 

Daily Skate: Yashin still looking, Boogaards talk

By Brian Stubits

STILL LOOKING: So far, the NHL interest in Alexei Yashin has come from one source, his former team in the Islanders. But that doesn't mean the 37-year-old is packing up for a return to Long Island yet. Yashin continues to consider all of his options -- which include multiple teams from the KHL. "There's not any rush to make a decision," Yashin told Newsday. So imagine this: The Isles could be rejected by somebody they once dumped (and are still paying) to go play in a league other than the NHL? Ouch.

BOOGAARD STATEMENT: As if grieving over the loss of Derek wasn't enough, the Boogaard family is now struggling with the charges brought against Derek's younger brother Aaron, who has been accused of providing Derek with the prescription drugs that contributed to Derek's death. Older brother Ryan released a statement for the family, expressing their disappointment in the authorities for the charges and maintaining everything will be set straight when Aaron has his day in court.

PROUD NEW PAPA: The Coyotes' Keith Yandle and his wife Krystin welcomed their first child on Monday, baby Mila according to teammate Paul Bissonnette. It's always nice to have this happen in the middle of the offseason so Yandle doesn't have to miss any time ... both with his team and his family.

LITTLE BITZ OF A MOVE: The Vancouver Canucks made a small acquisition on Monday, signing right winger Byron Bitz to a contract. Bitz, 27, comes over from the Florida Panthers after sitting out all of last season due to a sports hernia. He played seven games with the Panthers in 2009-10 after he was traded from Boston in a deal that shipped Dennis Seidenberg northward. How'd that one work out, Boston? In 87 career games in the NHL, Bitz has nine goals and nine assists. He is a big body that fits on a third or fourth line, but he will be hard-pressed to make the NHL squad.

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