Vancan Outta The Blue


Booth Shafting The Silent G
October 23, 2011, 12:58
Filed under: Canucks & NHL, Definitions | Tags: , , , , , ,

credit to @QueenCrash (a rabid hawks fan) on twitter for this glorious picture!

By Josh Hall

Silent Letters: In an alphabetic writing system, a silent letter is a letter that, in a particular word, does not correspond to any sound in the word’s pronunciation. Silent letters create problems for both native and non-native speakers of a language, as they make it more difficult to guess the spellings of spoken words.

I love Cody Hodgson. This is probably why Alain Vigneault and I have never really become BFF’s. Saturday afternoon, as we all are aware, the Canucks picked up LW and All American American David Booth from the Florida Panthers. Sorry, did I say picked up? I meant they called him up!

Anyhow, from what I can understand from Gillis’ presser, he wants Booth to be a top six forward and left winger to play alongside Ryan Kesler.  MG said, “I think he gives us an opportunity to have a top 6 forward, a left winger to play with Ryan Kesler.” Naturally, you’d think that means Higgins, the left winger that he is, would go down to the 3rd line. However, it seems the general consensus is that COHO will once again get the short end of the stick and have to pack HIS bags for a cold and wintery trip down to the 3rd line.

@SportsnetMurph even tweeted, Higgins, Kesler will likely play with Booth….

He also said la-dee-da about Reinprecht but no one really cares about him.

Cody Hodgson or ‘Silent G’ as I call him, among other things seems to have inebriated Alain Vigneault in such a way, that even his stellar play thus far, is silent to AV’s ears. If the Canucks are an alphabetic system, but ranked instead by skill level and effort put in, Hodgson should be near the top of the list. However, that silent G in his name apparently doesn’t correspond with any of Coach Vee’s francaise pronunciations. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be talking about COHO hitting the 3rd line as soon as Tuesday afternoon versus the Oilers.

Ya know what? Booth’s wavy hair and childish smile can stay out of this love affair. As the definition of silent letters says: “Silent letters create problems for both native and non-native speakers of a language” and Booth, along with AV, clearly don’t understand the language of love.

I mean BOOTH? Come on. That’s something you sit or stand in. Maybe the next sign at a game should say “Occupy Booth.” Or at the very least, the new Left Winger should tweet from his phone on the bench during the game.

My beef here is clearly with COHO being the odd man out. Now let’s say he gets demoted to the 3rd and Booth is given an opportunity to flourish with the likes of Kes and Higgy. Cody, who has earned his top six minutes, will be playing a wing alongside Hansen and Malhotra, or Hanny and Manny as I call them. The thing with Hodgson is he actually needs to play with offensively minded players. Credit to Manny and Hanny, they’re not defensemen, but Hodgson has a much better chance of putting up some points with Kesler beside him.

Then Booth gets a shot on the 2nd line. Booth and Higgins are both left wingers and they are both left handed. Obviously, they both can’t line up to the left of Kesler, so one will play RW. In my experience, you have a significantly different and arguably better angle to shoot from if you are left handed and play on the right side, and vice versa. So if Hodgson is right handed, why not put him on left wing and Higgins or Booth (preferably Higgins) on the right side of the 2nd line?!

Trade rumours have been plentiful when it comes to Hodgson the last couple years. People want to call him a bust and get rid of him to some team that I guarantee, would love to have him. Hodgson, who I’d rate in the Canucks all-time top 10 draft picks, is slowly proving to us he has what it takes. This organization is brimming with offensive talent, which is why it’s been so hard for him to get in there. Just when a spot would open up, Gillis would go get another player and leave Hodgson stranded. Let me remind everyone that Cody Hodgson was the CHL Player of the year in 2009 and also led the WJC in scoring that same year.

Obviously I realise David Booth’s -6 and 1 assist in 6 games have come with a Florida team that is basically filled with defensive liabilities and overall, not very good players. But shouldn’t AV be giving COHO the benefit of the doubt here?

Then there is Mike Gillis, who drafted Cody Hodgson 10th overall way back in 2008. You’d think the guy would have more pressure on the shoulders of Vigneault to play the guy, so as not to make himself look like an idiot. Yeah, he’ll still be playing on the 3rd if nothing else, but ‘Silent G’ was once dubbed the next Trevor Linden. Cody Hodgson wears #9, as famous a hockey number as you can get without adding another 9. Cut the kid some slack for Luongod’s sake! Is Gillis losing faith in Hodgson? If so, not good.

This kid hasn’t had a break since he’s been drafted. He should have made the team out of training camp two years ago. Who’s David Booth to swoop in with his double dimples and say, “Sorry Cody, but, uhm, I’m just going to take your 2ndline spot that you’ve earned. Hope that’s alright with you!”

I’m starting to think AV and MG for some odd reason, don’t want Cody to fit in here. It’s crazy but what other explanation is there? First you make him play wing and then you drop him to the 3rd line? Give the kid a chance. This is really the first real one he has had since being drafted.

I guess that silent G just makes him hard to understand. He’s like the kid in school who never eats with everyone else in the cafeteria, but alone on the stairs up on the 3rd floor. Wow, Cody and I have something in common.

In conclusion I will say this: if MUH BOI ‘Silent G’ is eventually shipped out of here, well he can join Bobby Lu and I for lunch at the airport!

PS Cody: I cried when I couldn’t make it to the signing at the Team Store the other day. Forgive me!

This article brought to you by the Sarcasm Society of Vancouver. Don’t forget to get your detectors checked monthly!

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