Gary Roberts suggests that Gillis get the puck off Hodgson’s back

PARDON THE ERUPTION

“Well.. You know.. There’s a lot that goes into that, and at the end of the day, you know, I chose not to speak about what happened behind the scenes because I expect our players to come in and have the opportunity to speak to me without it being made public, and I’m going to continue with that. But, clearly, there were issues that were on going. I spent more time on Cody’s issues than any other player combined on our team the last three years. You know, we made a determination that he (Hodgson) didn’t want to be here (in Vancouver). We built him into something that we could move (via trade). There were six young players on some other teams that I would have traded him for, if any of them were ever made available.” The reason Mike Gillis was called a moron… and upon further review? Pardon the Eruption thanks gary Roberts for responding to the cut and thrust from a guy who’s probably gone baby gone.. this summer. Adios Gillis.

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Old Man Strong. yes he did. Yes he did call Mike Gillis a moron. and here at PTE? we say you go Gary. File photo.

Gillis all pomp and circumstance 

“I spent more time on Cody’s issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years,” – Canucks GM, Mike Gillis.

“For me, I’d like to be the guy that looks at Mike Gillis and says, ‘You’re a moron.’ It doesn’t really do anybody any good other than the fact that Mike Gillis looks like, as they say on TSN, a dud.”- NHL player advocate and conditioning aesthete, Gary Roberts.

By Terrance Gavan – May 5 -2012

I like Gary Roberts.

And not just because I like Cody Hodgson.

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Cody... glad to be out of Van City and shuffling off to Buffalo. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Sun.

No. I like Gary Roberts because he’s one of those don’t mess with Texas kinda’ guys.

And what he just told Mike Gillis, erstwhile GM in charge of Cody Hodgson’s old club, The Vancouver Canucks, is to shut up. Well, specifically he called Gillis a moron. No not a Mormon. A moron.

Pardon the Eruption has no idea what possessed Gillis to finally come clean about a situation that everyone with a tincture of empathy knew was a dud from the day Cody Hodgson was slagged by Canucks head knock Alain Vigneault – moron in waiting? – during his first training camp back in the fall of 2008.

The Canucks already had a number one centre and a number two centre and Vigneault told everyone within earshot of that training base that Hodgson was, ahem, slower than they thought. He also passed vehemently and insincerely on Hodgson’s perceived perpetual talents. He had, I think we all now realize, already banished Hodgson back to OHLs Brampton Battalion, even before the camp had begun.

Vigneault, we know now, has tied his wagon to his first line. What he wants from his second, third and fourth contingents is muscle, dump, chase and zero finesse. He lives and dies with the Swedish eugenics experiment. It will cost him his job this year. And Gillis is just a wispy step away from whatever trap door contraption they use in the Canuck’s front office.

Hodgson’s second training camp produced more of the same from the front office and the jocular head knock. Hodgson was slow, they said. Only now the general tenor emanating from Gillis’s upper chamber centered around possible interference from the Hodgson inner circle, which includes a high functioning and very protective family unit fronted by a former Ontario Cabinet Minister. That would be Cody’s dad Chris Hodgson, who represented Haliburton-Brock-Kawartha as an addendum to his far more important duties as Haliburton Minor Hockey organizer and guru.

At the 2009 fall camp the Diva imprimatur was dogging Hodgson on all of the hockey boards and fan sites. Make no mistake that Vancouver’s front office was fomenting these undercurrents and innuendo regarding Hodgson’s fitness as a second or third line centre. We know that now, since Gillis came out and said two weeks ago that he felt he was being pressured by the demands of the Hodgson entourage.

And so what? Mike Gillis is a GM and when you make a decision to draft a kid first and tenth overall? Maybe he deserves some consideration, and maybe the fact that the entrenched coach Vigneault is not a big fan of finesse, and prefers to recruit players who played for him in junior –  players with a penchant for mayhem and the yaps – should have set the groundwork to get Hodgson to a team that actually wanted to play him.

And… Let’s not forget that Gillis had to come out publicly and apologize to Hodgson for a blatant misdiagnosis of Cody’s back injury. And remember too that the reason Gillis had to apologize was because the front office had intimated to the press on more than one occasion that Hodgson might be using that back injury to hide some, ahem, inefficiencies. Gillis apologized under duress from Hodgson’s agent and the family and we know now – with his whiny and contemptuous screed last week – that he was not happy with having to make that public admission of collusion and mismanagement.

That set the tone for the rest of Hodgson’s tenure as a Canuck. He was treated as a second rate citizen and the fact that he had a vocal entourage of some pretty savvy people led to perceptions that he was something of a diva.

That led fanboard and twittersque goombahs to denigrate him via the anonymity of the Internet.

It’s all very messy and Roberts has taken some heat from the Canadian Punditburo for his candid assessment. Here’s the thing. Roberts was no choirboy as a player and his longevity has earned him the right to speak his mind. Hodgson and a number of NHL stars, including Steven Stamkos have benefitted under the auspices of Roberts unique conditioning program.

I believe that Roberts treats each and every one of his protégés as part of his family.

So Mr. Gillis.

Don’t mess with Texas.

Or Texas will mess… with you.

Go ahead… let Pardon the Eruption know what you think… let us have it… if you don’t agree get PTE at gav@haliburtonnews.ca …

“I spent more time on Cody’s issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years,” – Canucks GM, Mike Gillis.

“For me, I’d like to be the guy that looks at Mike Gillis and says, ‘You’re a moron.’ It doesn’t really do anybody any good other than the fact that Mike Gillis looks like, as they say on TSN, a dud.”- NHL player advocate and conditioning aesthete, Gary Roberts.

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