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02-28-2011, 03:02 PM
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VanEric
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Man, everyone on TV is ripping the Canucks apart for trading for Lapierre.

Mike Gillis isn't a kneejerk type GM. He's not stupid, he's not unaware of Lapierre's downside/reputation but obviously he feels like he has the leadership group to set him straight. Its now on Lapierre to realize this is his third team in a short period of time so if he doesn't get with the program, he's not going to have a NHL career.

Basically if you're Mike Gillis, you'd rather have a Reasoner but that obviously wasn't possible so you're semi-comfortable with Hodgson in the role. If you're willing to go with Hodgson, there's no risk involved with Lapierre. If he doesn't work in that role, you turf him and go with Hodgson.

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