Booth originally injured himself in Vancouver's 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings when he was hurt on a play beating out an icing, before getting checked into the boards late in the first period. He ended up at the bottom of a pile of players. Booth was able to skate back to the bench, but was unable to put any pressure on his left ankle and was helped back to the locker room. He did not return to the game.
Canucks' general manager Mike Gillis told a Vancouver radio station "there's a chance" Booth could return for the playoffs. "Hopefully the surgery will accelerate the process some measure and then he'll have to wait and rehab like anyone else, Gillis said.
It's been a tough season for Booth, who suffered a groin injury during physical testing on the first day of training camp and missed the first 14 days of the regular season. He's also sat out one game against Detroit. Booth has just one goal this season, in the game against Nashville.
Booth was in good spirits Friday, joking on Twitter, "Don't need any anesthesia today. Plenty of basketball on tv."
Reference: CBC Sports
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