Old Stick wrote: Arachnid wrote:
Old Stick wrote:This is great for Cody. He'll get way more ice time in Buffalo and probably won't have to deal with a coach that doesn't have much respect for him.
But we don't get much in the way of a return that helps right now. If Kassian isn't ready for Buffalo he sure as fuck isn't ready for the Canucks. And a bottom 6 D? Really?
Gillis gave Cody a chance to play somewhere he'll be valued and took a shit in Vigneault's hat while he was at it.
How so? He just gave him a top 6 and maybe a top 4 D man FrancoFuckingPhone Gragnani is the wild card...he develops in the next few years with Tanev and Edler and we won't miss Sammy when he says adieu....
As I said - no help right now...the last 5 games the Sabres have barely used FrancoFuckingPhone Gragnani and sat him out once. He's on pace for 1 goal and 15 assists - woohoo. The 2014 playoffs will be his time. If his promise pans out.
Kassian's recent story is pretty similar except he goes back and forth more than FrancoFuckingPhone Gragnani. If he sticks around for a 46 game season he's on pace for 5 goals and 6 assists. Woofuckinhoo. Again maybe 2014.
Meantime Hodgson's production goes to Buffalo, where, under the lens of the estern media, he probably will win he Calder unless the Nuge suddenly gets well and goes on a tear. Mind you, Cody will get more ice time in Buffalo - maybe a lot more - and then we'll see how fast he makes this trade look really, really dumb.
ps...go here and find either of these guys on the Buffalo roster. http://sabres.nhl.com/club/roster.htm
Oh, but there is help right now! You have to add Påhlsson into the equation! Hodgson wasn't a real third line centre that you can use to shutdown the opposition's best line, but there was no way he would be able to steal the second line duties from Kesler. Thus we've had to use Kesler and the second line for shutdown purposes. With Påhlsson we get a real traditional third line shutdown centre with the hardware to prove it (2006 Olympic gold, 2007 Stanley Cup).
This allows us to use the Kesler line for more offensive purposes! And Påhlsson can be used for critical faceoffs as well, making the whole situation on what line to ice at what time more flexible.
Adding Påhlsson gave us the option to trade Hodgson, who will surely be a bone fide top two line centre in time, but had no chance of becoming that in Vancouver for another three of four years. Heck, in Buffalo he may get to play on one of their top lines tonight already!
Giving up this prospect allowed us to address a glaring lack of size on the wing. Kassian is still not a finished product, but he has potential to become a future Bertuzzi, and he can already engage players like Lucic or Marchand if necessary.
Add to this an upgrade on the blue line - Gragnani is surely better than Sulzer and may in time take a spot on our top four.
So what did we lose? Hodgson (who wasn't going to be used properly on this team), Sulzer and a couple of picks.
What did we gain? Påhlsson, a proven commodity (but probably just a rental), Kassian, a power forward prospect who is NHL ready (barely) but will reach his full potential in a few years, and Gragnani.
I'd say our third line is better and allows our second line to be used more aggressively, and we have a slight upgrade on the D. Not bad.
And next time Marchand feels like punching one of our players in the face, we may direct him toward Kassian...
* Youtube clip removed - wrong Kassian!