Cody Hodgson's Camp Pushes Back

Thomas Drance
April 30 2012 12:22PM

When Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, a former player agent, went whole hog and essentially bashed Cody Hodgson for being a handful to deal with in his season ending press conference - it was jarring. Gillis has been an advocate for players rights his entire career, just ask Alan Eagleson, and it was surprising to hear him paint a talented young player as something of a prima donna. You knew that Cody Hodgson's camp was going to respond somehow, and they found an ingenious vessel to do so in Hodgson's well respected personal trainer: Gary Roberts.

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Luongo's "Last Day" Reax

Thomas Drance
April 25 2012 10:23AM

 Luongo's comments on Tuesday morning to the Vancouver press concerning his willingness to waive his no-trade clause if he's asked to do so by Mike Gillis over the summer, generated buzz and speculation across the hockey world. Let's round up some of the talking points after the jump.

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Luongo Would Waive his NTC if Asked

Thomas Drance
April 24 2012 02:53PM

It looks like Luongo's waiving goodbye, but he's just calling for a towel.
Still this photo makes me sad.

In his end of year presser today, Mike Gillis notably dodged questions about the status of head coach Alain Vigneault. He refused time and time again to be pinned down, and avoided giving an explicit answer. The other topic he avoided answering explicitly? What he'll do to solve Vancouver's log-jam between the pipes.

In his press conference, Gillis waffled, and seemed to leave the door open to the prospect of returning both goaltenders next season. When the players met with the press, however, Luongo's choice of words and tone belied the reality that the team is likely to try and move him over the course of this summer.

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Gillis, Hodgson and Advanced Stats

Thomas Drance
April 24 2012 01:47PM

We've long suspected that Mike Gillis and the Canucks use advanced metrics when making personnel decisions. Certainly they're up on the importance of zone-starts, that much is clear from the way the team deploys, but throughout this season they've openly discussed stuff like scoring chances while writing off the utility of plus/minus. We now think that the team looks to acquire players who demonstrably suppress shooting percentage, and based on the way Raymond has been deployed the past couple of seasons, and the acquisition of players like David Booth and Chris Higgins - there's suggestive evidence that the Canucks pay attention to possession numbers, and the idea of acquiring players who "drive play."

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Gillis Defends Vigneault's Record, Ducks Questions on His Status

Thomas Drance
April 24 2012 12:45PM

Gillis' season ending Press Conference was chock full of discussion fodder. Hockey fans in Boston will doubtlessly mock his assertion that the team never got their emotional edge back after beating the Bruins in January, fans in Columbus will react defensively to his shot across their bow, and I'm sure Sabres fans are readying their defenses of Hodgson's personality.

Gillis also gave several tantalizing answers to some big questions about what happened with the Canucks since the trade deadline. Certainly we know more about the motivations behind the Hodgson trade, and it's pretty apparent from Gillis' comments as well, that he wants to stay with the organization and continue down this road (something that wasn't so clear earlier this morning). Perhaps Gillis' most interesting comments, however, were the ones he largely refused to give, specifically on the status of Alain Vigneault.

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