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Booth's return to Canucks delayed

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth was expected to see his first game action since sustaining an ankle injury March 16. But that return has been delayed.

The 28-year-old was considered likely to be in Vancouver's lineup Saturday night when it plays the Edmonton Oilers in a preseason game at Rexall Place, according to the Canucks website. But coach John Tortorella revealed to the Vancouver Province that Booth hurt his groin during the team's game-day skate and will not play.

Nicklas Jensen will take Booth's spot against the Oilers.

Booth was acquired from the Florida Panthers during the 2011-12 season but has not played since sustaining the ankle injury after crashing into the boards against the Detroit Red Wings last season. He underwent ankle surgery a few days later, ending a season in which he was limited to 12 games after coming back from a groin injury in training camp.

Booth had a goal and three points in 12 games last season after getting 29 points in 56 games with Vancouver in 2011-12.

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