Canucks recall David Booth from AHL Utica Comets

His conditioning stint is over. David Booth is back with the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks announced on Tuesday that they recalled the oft-injured winger from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, eight days after sending him down to the minors.

In three games with the Comets, Booth had one assist. He also had six shots on goal.

Booth's assignment to Utica last Monday came just a few hours after he skated with his Vancouver teammates prior to their departure to begin a four-game road trip through Arizona and California.

He had previously missed the last four games with a suspected groin injury.

With Booth recalled, the Canucks reassigned Darren Archibald back to Utica.

Injuries have played a part in Booth's offensive struggles of late. The 28-year-old winger has scored only twice in his last 23 NHL games over the past two seasons, although his lockout-shortened campaign was cut even shorter due to a groin injury suffered in camp and then an ankle injury in his 12th game.

"I know it’s there and I know I can be better than that. I really believe that,” said Booth, who has a cap hit of $4.25 million per season, last Monday.

The Canucks returned home from their four-game trip, with only one win and three of a possible eight points against their Pacific Division foes.

The Canucks now open up a six-game home stand, beginning Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

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