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03-12-2013, 04:38 PM
Ronning On Empty
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Originally Posted by Alan Jackson View Post
Yes, I'm aware of all of this. I've followed this saga as closely as anybody, and had concerns about how this player and this coach might coexist after Hodgson's 2nd camp here.

Reading between the lines, there were trust issues between the coach and player, and the player might have considered his future bleak under this coach. I don't blame him.

Immediately after Hodgson was named "Rookie of the Month" for January, AV said that his team needed "more balance" and Hodgson's role was reduced even further. This is likely why they were talking about his role leading up to the deadline, not because of any trade demand.

And even if the player did ask to be moved, so what? He was under contract and contributing, and you can move the player when it suits you, not when you're heading to the playoffs with a hobbled 2nd line centre.

Because Gillis couldn't risk Kassian breaking out in a BUF uniform... AV couldn't risk Hodgson getting burned in the playoffs... and for many other reasons.

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