Detroit Red Wings Expected to Sign David Booth to Tryout Contract

The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly close to signing former Toronto Maple Leafs player David Booth to a PTO.

Craig Custance of the 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.

The last two years Booth has played in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia making appearances for Vladivostok Admiral and Omsk Avangard.

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.



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