Aaron Rome was in the compliance buyout process early Monday, but David Booth was not.

Rome, the former Canucks defenceman, was reportedly put on waivers for the purpose of a compliance buyout by the Dallas Stars. Rome has one year remaining on a three-deal that averages $1.5 million.

But all is quiet on the David Booth front, his agent Mike Liut told The Province on Monday morning. Liut said he hasn’t been given any indication, either way, from Canucks GM Jim Benning as to the NHL club’s intentions regarding Booth.

The Canucks have one compliance buyout remaining, after buying out defenceman Keith Ballard a year ago. Two of the so-called compliance buyouts were awarded to each NHL club following the lockout that shortened the 2012-13 season, though if unused they will disappear once the current window closes on June 30. Bought out players become unrestricted free agents and can sign with any of the NHL’s other 29 teams on July 1.

“I haven’t heard anything from Vancouver (today),” said Liut. “I called Jim (Canucks GM Benning) a couple of weeks ago and spoke with him about David then. That was before the club’s meetings and he was still getting up to speed on things. I asked him to give me a heads-up if they came to a decision.”
Booth, 29, has been a lightning rod for criticism in Vancouver the last two seasons, due largely to his lack of offensive production while playing on a long-term contract that carried a cap hit of $4.25 million. He has one year remaining on his contract.

Luit believes the Canucks will wait until after the NHL Entry Draft, June 27-28 in Philadelphia, to make a decision on Booth.

That makes sense, given that the Canucks will likely have the Ryan Kesler deal done by then. That trade – and other moves — could alter the Canucks’ roster such that it makes more sense to keep Booth as an overpaid but reasonably effective third liner or makes it imperative to get him off the books.