David Booth signs one-year, $1.1 million deal with Maple Leafs

David Booth joined the Maple Leafs on a one-year deal. (USATSI)
David Booth joined the Maple Leafs on a one-year deal. (USATSI)

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David Booth is the latest bought-out forward to sign a team-friendly deal on the rebound. The former Vancouver Canucks forward landed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year deal worth a reported $1.1 million.

Booth was arguably one of the best remaining unrestricted free agents on the market. He was bought out of the final year on his six-year contract previously signed with the Florida Panthers. Booth was due to make $4.75 million in 2014-15, but will be paid $1.853 million over the next two seasons per the terms of his compliance buyout.

The 29-year-old forward has been slowed by injuries in what had started out as an awfully promising career. Booth scored 31 goals in the 2008-09 season, but was severely concussed on what was then a legal body check by then-Flyer Mike Richards early in the 2009-10 season. Though he put up 23 goals in 2010-11, he hasn't quite been the same player and has only completed one full 82-game campaign in the years since.

Last year with the Canucks, Booth appeared in 66 games and posted 19 points, but was a positive possession player with a Corsi percentage of 52 while starting many of his shifts in the defensive zone. He was slowed in the middle of the season by a groin injury, but managed to finish the year out healthy.

Booth will help the Maple Leafs depth at forward and his strong two-way play will fit well. The price of his deal gives the Leafs a chance to get some serious value from their most recent signing. If he ever regains the scoring touch that saw him put up two 20-plus goal seasons in addition to his 31-goal campaign, that would be a bonus at this point. The one-year term minimizes the risk of signing an oft-injured player as well.

Though, minimizing risk should also include a clause that prevents Booth from walking any tight ropes or slack lines...

If the Maple Leafs are looking for character, they found one.

The former second-round pick has 113 career goals and 218 pints in 443 NHL games split between the Panthers and Canucks. 

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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