- I have no stats to back me up here because I actually have to work but I would hypothesize that normal Coho deployment is more effective than Kassian deployment.dbr wrote: It would also mean that if they had declined to deal Hodgson at the deadline, that they would have to either have returned him to his normal deployment (when he scored at about a 20-30 point pace if I remember correctly) or would have had to spend the remainder of the season continuing to organize their lineup around making Cody Hodgson look like a productive offensive player on a top team.
The former would potentially undermind Hodgson's trade value (meaning that no you can't simply wait to make a deal) and the latter would have been done at the expense of the team's best interests.. hardly "win now" behaviour.
They almost certainly wouldn't given the performances of Foligno and the flashes Hodgson showed of offensive potential given more responsibility and more minutes.- One last fun question. Do you think Buffalo would do a reverse trade right now? Based on what I've seen on Buffalo forums, I would say the answer is no.
That being said if Kassian was still a Sabre and Hodgson was still a Canuck, and he'd ended the season the same place he did last season (the team's fourth or fifth best centre, minimal offensive production) then the Canucks would probably be selling much lower on him than they did at the deadline.
- Given what we saw from Kassian as well as looking at Kassian's Buffalo stats leading up to the trade, in terms of trading for Kassian, I don't think Coho's value would be decreased.
- In terms of reorganizing the team to "pump" Coho up, if we're still winning games and it makes Coho look better, why the heck not? It's not like Kesler was exactly lighting up the scoresheet. As well, the Canucks had been on top of the league for the majority of the season already. There really is no risk here.