Booth clears waivers for compliance buyout

David Booth was limited to 12 games in the NHL's lockout-shortened season because of injuries.

David Booth has cleared waivers a day after he was waived by the Vancouver Canucks for the purpose of buying him out.

Booth had one year left on his contract at a salary of US$4.75 million and a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million.

"We wish David all the success in the future and thank him for his contributions with the Canucks," general manager Jim Benning said in a statement.

Booth scored just 26 goals and 25 assists in 134 games with Vancouver after he acquired along with forward Steve Reinprecht and a 2013 third-round draft pick in exchange for forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm in October of 2011.

He struggled to stay healthy during the lockout-shortened 2013 season where he played in just 12 games due to recurring ankle and groin injuries.

Booth was originally selected by the Panthers in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

Like other unrestricted free agents, Booth can talk to other teams beginning June 25 and sign a new deal July 1.

Along with Booth, Ville Leino was also placed on waivers Tuesday as the Buffalo Sabres intend to use a compliance buyout to get out of the final three years of his contract.

–With files from Canadian Press

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