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01-20-2013, 07:25 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
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The trade was a mistake. Gillis dealt him to make a point that no one was going to tell him what to do. It was an arrogant move on Gillis' part and has cost the team. The team would have been so much better off with Hodgson in the playoffs last year or running the second line this year.
The excuse Gillis gave about propping up his play by giving him offensive zone starts is stupid. Last night it was disclosed on HNIC that the Twins get offensive zone starts 80% of the time. Is Gillis propping up their play too?
The trade was a mistake, and I expect it will haunt the team for a while.
Gillis' statements concerning Hodgson after the end of a disappointing season were bush league. He started by saying that he wasn't going to speak about the Hodgson situation/trade only to proceed to rip on Hodgson relentlessly. It was pretty hilarious watching all of Gillis' comments regarding Hodgson when you consider everything Gillis said about Hodgson a couple years before after drafting him (i.e., great kid, leader, good defensively, etc.).
The sad thing about Gillis' comments (which were really damage control) was that the whole Canucks' fanbase turned on Hodgson. Never have I seen this fanbase do such a 180 degree turn on a player (except maybe Bertuzzi). Hodgson went from future captain material that everyone clamoured over, to a bum not worthy to play in the NHL. Nothing illustrates this point more than comparisons of Hodgson and Schroeder post-Hodgson trade. Do people remember the threads comparing Hodgson and Schroeder back when Hodgson was a Canucks? It was almost unanimous...
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