News out of Canuckville includes a player who just had a breakout season who says he'd like to join Vancouver, and one Canuck who some fans might like to see leave. Jason Garrison said he'd like to play for the Canucks, while David Booth killed a bear.
Booth is the 27-year-old winger brought here from Florida early in the 2011-12 season who disappointed, scoring only 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points in 56 games. With Vancouver bounced from the playoffs what the native of Michigan did to keep himself busy was go bear hunting. Meanwhile, Garrison is another 27-year-old and while he's still the property of Florida, he's an impending UFA, from the Vancouver area and says he'd like to play here.
David Booth the bear-baiter
Booth took off for Alberta to kill the black bear and used a method to lure it illegal in B.C. and in 18 out of 27 states that allow bear hunting. It's legal in most of Alberta and many other provinces. It's called 'bear-baiting' and that's obviously why Booth choose to go there to kill his bear. It's simple, you leave out food that attracts the bear and when it arrives and starts to eat you stand up and, well, kill it. Booth used a powerful bow and arrow.
On May 12 he posted a photo of him and his guides with the dead bear - we won't bother with it here - and tweeted about it, clearly having enjoyed the kill (he's since taken the tweet down). He's smiling by the dead bear but may not be smiling after he reads comments on online Canuck sites, with many calling him a coward. It's arguably the city in the NHL where killing wild animals for sport would be the least well-received so he may get flak for it next season. Meanwhile, the Canucks issued a statement supporting their player.
“While we appreciate the support of this endeavour is not universal, big game hunting is a legal and sanctioned activity in Alberta,” the statement said. “The individual opinions of our employees do not necessarily reflect those of Canucks Sports & Entertainment but we respect all people’s personal views and law-abiding choices.”
Jason Garrison: Fan of Vancouver Canucks
Garrison is set to become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1 and on a radio interview he said he'd enjoy coming to Vancouver. The defenceman scored 17 goals this year, 9 on the power play. He said he grew up as a big Canucks fan and that his friends and family are Canucks fans and would love to see him playing here. After his break-out season he's due for a raise from the $650,000 he made last year.
The Canucks will surely be in the market for a defenceman, Sami Salo, who'll be 38 by the time the new season rolls around, and Aaron Rome are both set to be UFA's. But Vancouver may look to someone along the likes of Ryan Suter of Nashville, though that would only be if they get enough cap space (which a Roberto Luongo trade would provide).
Whether GM Mike Gillis and the Canucks are interested in Garrison is unknown and they cannot comment on his remarks or they'd be guilty of tampering.