About a month ago when Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneaut was asked about Cody Hodgson’s limited icetime he said he wasn’t going to reduce Ryan Kesler or Henrik Sedin’s icetime for Hodgson. One was a Selke winner and one was a Lindsay Award winner, regardless of the fact that these awards are awards based on last year’s play and have nothing to do with what is happening on the ice this season. Also of note, neither Kesler nor Henrik have consistently played up to the standard to be considered finalist for either of these awards this year. This comment was accepted by the media without much concern. But it should be concerning, not only for Hodgson, but also for Canuck fans and management. What if Hodgson was outplaying either of these two? Which can be argued he was for the month of January. Vigneault is sending a message that playing his best players isn’t important, hence giving your team the best shot at winning isn’t the most important thing on a nightly basis, instead appeasing his award winners is. So when Hodgson’s agent says his client and the Canuck’s goals didn’t mesh, I’d have to agree. Hodgson has every reason to be concerned at not having a chance to earn a greater role with the club, specifically when his play warrants it. He should be concerned about being viewed prejudicially by a guy (AV) who has already attacked his character through allegations that he used an injury as an excuse for poor performance, an injury that was later discovered to be career threatening and misdiagnosed by the team’s medical staff. In spite of this mistreatment, Hodgson has never publicly spoken ill of the Canucks or AV. He has repeatedly taken the highroad. And in not going public, he has left himself open to be the target to cheapshots about his character, about being a diva, about being a me first guy. We all understand team concept, but being the repeated target of this type of mistreatment begins to wear thin on anyone including a team first guy. Canucks have a blackeye on this one and it’ll take a long time for this bruise to heal.