Canucks send David Booth to the Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment

After missing four games with a groin injury, David Booth is expected to return to the ice sometime in the next week. It won’t be for the Canucks, however, as he has been sent to the Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment.

That runs contrary to what Booth told the media Monday morning, saying he expected to play on the Canucks’ upcoming Pacific Division road trip. That’s likely more a reflection of his health than something he discussed with the team, however. He participated in practice, including battle drills, indicating that his groin is ready for action, which does not mean what you think it means.

I’ve seen some Canucks fans taht are so frustrated by his lack of offensive production that they openly hope his move to Utica is a permanent one, which is a little ridiculous. The issue with Booth is not whether he can contribute to the lineup, but whether he can live up to the expectations created by his contract and past performance.

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Big Numbers: Top line probably on the ice right now; Bieksa still without a goal

Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.

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