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Panthers release Booth from professional tryout

by Staff

The Florida Panthers released forward David Booth from his professional tryout contract when they reduced their training camp roster by four players Wednesday.

Booth, 30, was a three-time 20-goal scorer for the Panthers who had career-highs of 31 goals and 60 points in the 2008-09 season. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs, where he had seven goals and 13 points in 59 games last season.

"We'll see what happens. I don't know what the next step will be," Booth said, according to the Miami Herald. "I want to keep playing hockey but I believe I'm better than [playing in the American Hockey League]. It's just a matter of getting my timing down, getting everything back."

The Panthers assigned forward Shane Harper, and defensemen Michael Matheson and MacKenzie Weegar, to Portland of the AHL. They now have 27 players on their roster.

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