NEWARK, N.J. -- Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth will return to the lineup Thursday against the New Jersey Devils after being a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career Tuesday at the New York Islanders.
Canucks coach John Tortorella said he benched Booth in favor of a seventh defenseman against the Islanders because "he's not doing enough to play, plain and simple." Tortorella would not elaborate and said he didn't want to get into a public discussion on it.
When asked Thursday why Booth is back in the lineup, Tortorella again said he didn't want to get into a public discussion.
"I want him to play as best as he can," Tortorella said. "I'm not going to get into specifics."