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Canucks place Booth on waivers with intent to buy out veteran forward

Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth (7) fights for control of the puck with New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) during the first period of NHL action in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, April 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

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Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth (7) fights for control of the puck with New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) during the first period of NHL action in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, April 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER - David Booth has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Canucks for the purpose of buying him out.

If Booth clears waivers, Vancouver can use a compliance buyout on the 29-year-old forward. Booth had one year left on his contract at a salary of US$4.75 million and a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million.

"We wish David all the success in the future and thank him for his contributions with the Canucks," general manager Jim Benning said in a statement.

The Detroit native had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games this past season. Injuries limited him to 12 games in the 2012-'13 campaign.

Like other unrestricted free agents, Booth can talk to other teams beginning June 25 and sign a new deal July 1.

Buying out Booth is another change for the Canucks, who traded Roberto Luongo and fired general manager Mike Gillis and coach John Tortorella earlier this spring. The team has since hired Trevor Linden as president and Benning as GM.

More moves are expected, including the hiring of a new coach.

Along with Booth, Ville Leino was also placed on waivers Tuesday as the Buffalo Sabres intend to use a compliance buyout to get out of the final three years of his contract.

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