I heard something interesting from a caller today on the radio, apparently Hodgson was asked about the deadline on some Ontario radio station, and after saying all the right things he finished with "I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens." Had he not asked for a trade, he probably would have considered himself untouchable, as most of us probably did. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but combined with Gillis' no comment I'm thinking where there's smoke there's fire.Larry Goodenough wrote: 3. What's up with the "no comment" when Gillis was asked if Hodgson asked for trade. Hodgson did sound very surprised. By why no just say 'No' when asked? There seems to be something there.
This is true, but if Hodgson does step into the top 6, all of a sudden he's facing top lines and defensive pairs, not 3rd lines and 3rd pairs. As Larry pointed out, in games this season where he was in a more demanding role he didn't look as good.Larry Goodenough wrote:The difference is instead of playing behind top six forwards here, he could be playing with top six forwards there (no offense to Hansen and Higgins). Some skilled linemates plus increased responsibility and icetime can't hurt at all.
All day I had it in my head that Hodgson and Kassian were the same age but I'm mistaken. Comparing their first pro years, Kassian had almost as many points as Hodgson in 22 fewer games playing in the AHL.Southern_Canuck wrote:So, does anyone think that Gillis would have drafted Kyle Beach instead of Hodgson in a 2008 redraft?
Considering Beach's serious shoulder injury this season, and that Kassian is a year younger, clearly Kassian >> Beach at this point, anyway
I still doubt he drafts Beach though, Beach always had health issues and I kind of thought his interest was a red herring to try to get someone above him to go after him.