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MCL sprain sidelines David Booth for 4-6 weeks

Kevin Beiksa David Booth

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) looks on as teammate left wing David Booth (7) is attended to after being hit by a member of the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Dec, 6, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)


It seemed like David Booth was finding his footing with the Vancouver Canucks, but he’ll instead find himself on the sidelines following an ugly knee-to-knee hit by Kevin Porter. Dan Murphy reports that Booth will miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Booth seemed like he was developing some chemistry with Christopher Higgins and Ryan Kesler on the “American Express Line,” as he scored three points in the game before he was injured. Things aren’t looking up anymore as it appears that Booth and Higgins (foot infection) won’t be able to suit up for the Canucks for some time.

Porter is likely to have a talk with Brendan Shanahan after that hit, so Booth’s lengthy injury won’t help his cause. Officials gave Porter a five-minute major (kneeing) and game misconduct for his actions. Porter recently discussed that check with Mike Chambers of The Denver Post.

“It was an unfortunate play,” Porter said. “I felt I was leading into the hit, and he tried to make a move around me . . . We hit knee-on-knee and he took the worst of it. I hope he’s alright.”

Feel free to discuss the hit in detail here. Check out the video below if you want another look at the check.