Boston Canucker wrote:
I still don't like that we traded Hodgson (I recall with a smile sitting on a Boston bar, Jan 7, with my Kesler shirt on, surrounded by Bruins' chuckleheads, when Coho wired one top corner on Tim Teaparty...great moment!), but at the same time I don't really get Hodgson's complaints about the Canucks. Yes, there was the injury thing a few years back, but grow up already, and he was on a cup contender with a clear path to more playing time on the 2nd pp unit and 5 on 5 down the road as the Sedins got older. I'm still not even sure what to make of the whole Hodgson situation; in a sense, I'm not happy with either side, Gillis/AV and Coho/his dad. Here's hoping Kassian is the real deal. And it'll be interesting to see how Coho reacts to Buff grabbing two centers in round 1 this year.
Still, that was a great shot:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8pgCZxLueg
I'll mention it one last time...the reason Hodgson was traded and traded when he was:
1) while he may never had asked for a trade it was becoming apparent that a trade request was coming at some point. Likely following the playoffs.
2) Even if there was no trade request coming, the canucks at a minimum were finished with the meeetings about icetime etc.
3) AV and the coaching staff didn't trust him on the defensive side of the puck. As his defensive zone starts became neglible so to would his minutes in general down the stretch. He was going to lose icetime and perhaps begin sitting in the pressbox on occassion. As such his value would have decreased going into the summer. The trade was made at a time his value was elevated.
Now we can argue whether or not they were right in the assessment of is ability but that was why he was traded when he was.
I think the Hodgson act started to wear a bit thin with the media and perhaps Buffalo as well of late because just about everyone believes and has commented on the first round picks as being direct and in one case an immediate threat to Hodgson.
I think he gets put on a short leash next season. He'll get a good chance to play his 16 minutes a game on the second line but if he continues to be on the ice for 50% of the goals against he'll be out of the lineup in short order. Unlike last year when he moved to Buffalo and they were essentially out of the playoff race, the start of the year they will be in the race and they know how important a good start is. They aren't going to coddle players and let them jeopardize that for another year.
Sedins aren't bad defensively...they've been given the direction to think offense first. So they do. When asked to play defensively they have shown in the past they are up to the task.