The black and white of a written quote can hide the nuance of the speaker. Like when he's talking about injured Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth.

When head coach Alain Vigneault says "I'm still waiting for him to come and tell me he's ready," you have to listen closely to hear the hint of impatience.

And when associate coach Rick Bowness, asked today if Booth might play Thursday against the St. Louis Blues (5 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040), says "I have no idea," the trace of frustration is only just perceptible.