Booth ready for Vancouver Canucks lineup return 0
Vancouver Canucks' David Booth (L) takes the puck by Columbus Blue Jackets' Mark Letestu during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio March 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan)
Just a day after practising with the team, Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth is now cleared to play.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told Team 1040 Thursday morning that he expects the Michigan native to suit up for the team's third pre-season game Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.
"Our expectations for David are really high," Gillis said of Booth, who has been rehabbing from an ankle injury. "He's a good player and unfortunately, he's had a rough go with injuries the last couple years and the lockout didn't do anyone any favours.
"He has high expectations of himself so I'm anticipating him having a good season and we're just hoping he can stay healthy."
Gillis also touched on Roberto Luongo, reiterating that the goaltender "has handled himself impeccably" through all the drama and is motivated for the new season.
As for contract negotiations with the Sedins, all Gillis offered up was that talks are "going fine."
The Canucks are 0-2 in exhibition so far, most recently dropping a 4-1 result to the Oilers Wednesday night.