David Booth hasn’t developed into the everyday top-six forward and difference maker that many expected, but when he’s healthy, he’s still a credible NHL caliber forward and, occasionally, he’s even better than that.
The problem for the best Toronto Maple Leafs player of the short-lived Peter Horachek era (talk about damning with faint praise), aside from being a sub-average finisher and a shooting percentage drag, is that he’s struggled enormously to stay on the ice.
Durability issues have sabotaged Booth’s once promising NHL career, so it makes sense that he’d be trying a new routine this summer to stay limber. Surely it can’t hurt for a guy that once pulled his groin on the first drill of training camp to give intensive couples calisthenics a go.
Booths’ wife, Ashley, has posted a couple of photos of the couple stretching together over the past month. The first photo, posted above, is from Wednesday. This one, of the couple doing a smooch-heavy stretch that, in my view, carries a commendable degree of difficulty, was posted a couple of weeks ago:
So it’s not an on-ice workout, but at least there are no mystery carcasses in the photos. At the very least that represents an improvement over Booths’ most shareable pics from offseason’s past.