Time for Canucks to pull trigger on a Hodgson deal

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Cody Hodgson got a goal and an assist in his first three NHL games and now he's back to the Manitoba Moose.

By Terrance Gavan

Cody Hodgson didn’t win the Stanley Cup this year.

Even if the Canucks had gone on to win?

He wouldn’t have had his name etched on the the old Mug.

He didn’t get a chance to play once in the seven game series against the Bruins.

You remember the Stanley Cup?

Big old silver chalice. It apparently means so much to the fans of Vancouver that they ultimately decided to turn downtown Van into an homage to Dieppe.

No really we love you Vancouver. We just don’t understand why you’d allow 100,000 18-24 year old drunks conglomerate into a cramped area.

Anyway, Cody Hodgson did what most of those Vancouver hockey players did.

He split town just as soon as his tickey-boo came through.

I hope he ain’t going back.

Personally I think this club is cranking out bull shit brinksmanship with their 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft.

So I have no axe to grind with Alain Vigneault or the GM Mike Gillis.

So guys. If you really like the kid as much as you state in print ad infinitum ad nauseum?

Give the kid a break and trade him.

Right now fuckers.

Okay so I am a tad pissed. For the past three years I’ve heard how slow Cody Hodgson is. How much seasoning he needs. You know? Comes a time when those platitudes just ring a bit hollow.

First. Cody Hodgson is not slow. He is not lightning quick. But neither are those twin Swedes.

Second. You mismanaged Cody Hodgson’s back injury. How do we know? Well because you fecking apologized to Cody and his family in a press conference. So don’t let’s hear about how he’s not ready. And how his back is suspect. You played a half-blind Manny Malhotra in the final series.

Look. I love Manny. But if you’re telling us that half-a-Manny is better than Hodgson healthy?

It just doesn’t pass my smell test. The fact that you don’t play a fourth line more than 5 minutes a game? It cuts against the groove.  Especially in the long long trek to the Cup Final.

That team looked tired. Dead tired. If you guys won’t play your fourth line at least 15 minutes? You’re going to run into that same fatigue problem next year too.

But Hodgson?

Vigneault and Gillis are mum on Hodgson. Here’s the best I got from the Priovince with Gillis spiffing vague and spotty as usual.

Gillis isn’t into bidding wars. He’s into being a step ahead of his peers and might look elsewhere at the draft to the fill the need.

That’s why all the plaudits about his players and all future possibilities — including keeping Roberto Luongo and Schneider intact as a tandem that provides stability and durability — could become moot if a trade addresses a pressing need. If it means dipping into the free-agent pool again to find Luongo a backup while Eddie Lack hones his game in the minors, so be it. Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson not only came off sub-par seasons — 15 and 18 goals respectively — they’re coming off major injuries. Raymond won’t even play until November after suffering a vertebrae compression fracture in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final and Samuelsson had adductor tendon and sports hernia surgery last month and will be 35 years old next season.

“For sure, I get calls on Cory and on all kinds of our guys,” added Gillis. “You never know when possibilities may come and if you’re prepared to evaluate them correctly, then you react. If there’s something better than makes our team better we’ll do that.”

If not, the better plan will be to keep Schneider because his stock will only rise and he’s got a year left at just $900,000. And Luongo proved in the playoffs that as much as he was great at times, Schneider should have started more games. But that’s a lesson learned at one position.

As much as the NHL can be a copy-cat league, don’t expect Gillis to stray from what produced the Presidents’ Trophy winners. The Canucks led in goals, power play, faceoff percentage and allowed the fewest goals and are positioned to dominate the Northwest Division again. They’re built on the Detroit model for a reason.

“I don’t see why you would take a different direction,” said Gillis. “We got to the final game of the Stanley Cup and if we had a full team and a healthy team, I think it would have been a better result. We have to accept the loss of Raymond and Samuelsson and that Manny Malhotra was coming back from a serious eye injury and not 100 per cent.

“You have to accept those facts, but it certainly doesn’t change our philosophy. Skill has every opportunity to win over the type of team we played [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Boston].”

So I got nuttin’.

Mike Gillis I think likes Hodgson and is just wary about making a deal for fear that he won’t get that somethin’ sumthin’ in return.

Vigneault? Despite the rhetoric I think he just plain has some problems with Hodgson.

If that’s the case? Fair deal. But for chrissakes Alain.

Trade the kid.

I watched something like this happen to Chuck Arnason – friend from Ashern Manitoba – back when the Habs owned his rights. Chuckie was rookie of the year in the AHL. But he and Chuck Lefley were both shuffled around while the Habs brass hemmed and hawed. I mean Chuckie went in the same draft as Lafleur and Dionne. So? Lafleur plays. So send Arnason somewhere.

I think it hampered both their careers. I know Chuck Lefley from Stonewall. He and his famous brothers are from a small town in the Interlake – Grosse Isle. I played some baseball with Chuck and his brothers who anchored the Blue Jay team in the South Interlake Baseball League.

ChuckieA  is doing well with the golf gig and his kid is a player. But I’ll never forgive the Habs for what they did to both Chuckies.

I see the same pattern here with Hodgson. Two years in the AHLs and that back?

It’s a pattern. If the Canucks continue to push this to the backburner? Other General Managers tend to get gun shy. I know that Cody Hodgson can play. Top six. Somewhere. A lot of places in fact.

I just wish both Vigneault and Gillis would piss or get off the pot.

C’mon guys.

Pull the fucking trigger on this deal. Or? Give him a legitimate shot at cracking second line.

And yeah. I might have some bias here, like a lot of Highlanders.

But bottom line?

Clock is ticking for Cody and I just hope that the Canucks brass realize that they’re dealing with a young man’s future here.

Don’t need him?

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