– Florida Panthers
General Manager Randy Sexton announced Friday that forward David Booth
was released this morning from a Montreal area hospital after suffering a concussion in the Panthers-Canadiens game Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
Booth will fly back to South Florida this afternoon to be further evaluated by Panthers medical personnel, and an update on his condition will be available in the days following that evaluation.
Booth was checked by Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek
Booth, who missed 45 games earlier this season after he sustained a concussion on a blindside hit by Philadelphia's Mike Richards
on Oct. 24, lay face down on the ice after the hit and trainer Dave Zenobi was immediately summoned to attend to him. Booth had to be helped to the dressing room.
A Panthers spokesman said Booth was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons after being examined by Canadiens physician Dr. David Mulder, who said Booth was alert and coherent.
“He's coherent, he's clear, he's alert," Sexton told reporters Thursday.
Spacek delivered the check head-on and no penalty was called on the play.
"I think he was just looking back to grab the puck," Panthers right wing Nathan Horton
told reporters after the game. "It wasn't a dirty hit, I don't think, but it was just a tough one. He kind of surprised him in stepping up and it was just unfortunate. We don't really know what happened but we hope for the best and hopefully it's not too bad."
Spacek was upset by the injury.
"I know he missed half of the season already so it's really tough to see the guy go down like that," Spacek told reporters. "He was coming and there was a kind of scramble and he tried to reach for the puck. He was kind of low and when he turned I was standing right there and basically he just ran at me. I almost tried to kind of go away from him and I just hit him on the bad spot."
Said goaltender Scott Clemmensen
: "It doesn't matter who it is, you never want to see that. But it looked like a clean hit, he just got him good and it's unfortunate because of the situation that he was in earlier in the season."
Wire services contributed to this report.