When Panthers coach Kevin Dineen approached David Booth in the locker room a few minutes before pregame warmups against the Islanders on Oct. 22, he had no idea that he was about to be traded for the first time in his six-year career.

"I thought he was going to tell me what to do that night. Use your speed or play the body, or, lets go, pick it up, '' Booth said Sunday afternoon after practicing with the Vancouver Canucks at BankAtlantic Center.

"He brought me through the weight room into his office and I was like, 'Hurry, just tell me already.' … Then he says, 'A deal went through.'

"I was, 'Wow,' it's really hard to hear because I enjoyed Florida so much and have a lot of good memories here and a lot of good friends along the way. It was tough to have a change in a matter of seconds and say goodbye to something that I loved.