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Panthers G Anderson declines US team invite @NHLdotcom

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Florida Panthers goalie Craig Anderson has turned down an offer to play for the United States in the upcoming World Hockey Championship, and his teammate David Booth might follow suit.

Booth, who led the Panthers with 31 goals this season and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, also was extended an invitation. But he said he wasn't sure he'd accept it.

He said the risk of getting injured without a contract was causing his indecision.

Both Booth and Anderson both played in the World Championship last year.

"It's a tough decision," Booth said. "Last year my linemate was Jeff Halpern and he tore out an ACL and he wasn't back until Christmas. And I don't have a contract right now, so there's really no guarantee. So I've kind of got to be careful that way."

Booth, who had one goal in seven games for the US last spring, said he would decide sometime this week.

As for Anderson, he said his decision was based on "several little reasons," one of which was his status as an impending unrestricted free agent. Anderson appeared in two games the US last year, giving up six goals with a .714 save percentage.

This year's tournament is scheduled for April 24-May 10 in Switzerland.

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