Let’s be objective. The Flyers are not a true contender yet. If they can make the playoffs this year, they will probably make to the second round if they are lucky.
The Flyers are also scare at the left wing position. Michael Raffl, R.J. Umberger, Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill are the only true left wings on the team. No disrespect to any of those players but none of them jump off the page when it comes to point production. Umberger could play on the first or second line. Raffl is a temporary stop gap for the top six, but he seems to flourish as a checking-line forward.
David Booth is a former thirty-goal scorer who fell on hard times. Injuries have kept him off the ice and he can also be a streaky player. Over his last three seasons, Booth has yet to crack 20 goals.
What Booth does have is speed and lots of it. He is tough on the forecheck and can play either wing, which could be helpful when a player goes down.
Ron Hextall has just under $2 million to spend before he exceeds Chris Pronger‘s LTIR relief, and Booth could be had for a one-year, $1 million contract. If he performs, the Flyers could lock him up for another year or two. If he disappoints, he goes back to free agency. The Flyers are in a position to take that kind of risk.
What is your opinion, would you like to see David Booth in orange and black?