Booth still shooting to be ready for Canucks opener 0
Vancouver Canucks David Booth (L) skates the puck behind the net as Dallas Stars Jordie Benn pursues during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Dallas, Texas February 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)
David Booth is another step closer to returning to the Vancouver Canucks lineup.
The winger was cleared to practise Wednesday, joining the second group of players for a skate at Rogers Arena prior to the club's home pre-season game against the Edmonton Oilers.
With about two weeks remaining before the season opener, the oft-injured forward — who had ankle surgery in the off-season — is still eyeing that Oct. 3 start date.
"My goal all along was to be ready for the regular season and that's still my goal," Booth said Wednesday. "When you have surgery, things happen. There was nothing that I guess wasn't expected. It's been a long time and unfortunately you got to go with what you're dealt with and that's what I've been going."
He adds there's still plenty of time to get to where he needs to be physically.
Meanwhile, coach John Tortorella doesn't have a timeline for Booth's return.
"I'm not sure when he'll play his exhibition game but he skated well … so we'll get him in another practice and see where that goes," he said.