The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly close to signing former Toronto Maple Leafs player David Booth to a PTO.
Craig Custance of the Athletic.net reported the news first as the Red Wings look to offer Booth a tryout with the team.
So what is a PTO? It is a professional tryout contract. This type of National Hockey League contract has a max of 25 games for the player if the player even gets to that point of his tryout.
Booth last played for the Maple Leafs in the 2014-15 season. Previously, he had spent time on the rosters of the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.
His most productive season came in the 2008-09 season with the Panthers when he recorded 60 points in 82 games played. In total, Booth has registered 231 points in the 502 games he’s played in his NHL career.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, the left-winger spent most of his early career playing in the state of Michigan. He was a member of the USNTDP Under-18 Team and spent four years playing for Michigan State.
At the moment, it appears that the Red Wings just want a look to see if Booth would fit in anywhere in the organization. On a speculative note, this could be a backup plan if Andreas Athanasiou decides to make the move to the KHL this season.
Booth is known for his speed on the ice so it would fill a void left by Athanasiou. Aside from that, perhaps the forward will make his way onto the team sheet in another fashion, although that is unlikely at the moment.