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01-29-2013, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by MPF24 View Post
I'd call it a win-win. It didn't look like Kassian was going to put it together for Buffalo. Maybe they handled him wrong, maybe he wasn't happy there, but it just didn't look like he was going to become the player he could there. Hodgson needed out of Vancouver. Both seem to be thriving in their new environments. Kassian may be the better value, but both teams came out winners, IMO.
Kassian was dominating the AHL in his first pro season. There should be growing pains expected for any prospect in their rookie season, especially a PWF type like Kassian who completely had to alter his game since he couldn't push around defenders like he could push midgets around in the OHL. Hodgson was having a nice rookie season too, however they already had small, weak, defensively irresponsible players in their lineup. Kassian was something that team really hasn't had and they basically traded it away for a guy who they hope will some day be as good as Derek Roy.

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