Sober Second Thoughts on the Hodgson Trade

Thomas Drance
February 28 2012 03:06PM

Unlike the dudes pictured above, these thoughts are sober.

Yesterday's trade deadline was an unusually emotional one for Canucks fans. Canucks fans had become extremely attached to traded rookie Cody Hodgson over the course of this season, which made the buzzer-beating blockbuster that shipped Hodgson (and depth defenseman Alexander Sulzer) to Bufalo in exchange for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani as difficult to digest as a jagged metal Krusty-O. As the shock has diminished, curiosity has set in. There's no bones about it: this was far and away the most fascinating deal that went down on deadline day yesterday.

Read on for some sober second thoughts on yesterday's moves.

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Don't Doubt The G-Man.

Thomas Drance
February 28 2012 10:38AM

To his credit Tony Gallagher, pictured right, was months ahead of the Hodgson trade story.

I haven't written about it at length like some of my Smylosphere colleagues have, but I'll admit it: I thought the Tony Gallagher led fan-base obsession with Cody Hodgson's ice-time this season was silly. Hodgson's deployment made sense to me for hockey reasons, so I didn't believe his limited ice-time was some sordid indicator of Alain Vigneault's dislike for his star rookie. I'd have liked to have seen Hodgson play more with the first power-play unit, but otherwise, the way Hodgson was sheltered and used this season seemed deliberate, and I figured he was being groomed for the long-term. Yep, I was way off the mark.

Read on past the jump.

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The Canucks At the Deadline: Reaction Round Up

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 07:37PM

New Canucks defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani makes a funny face.

Generally speaking the writers here at Canucks Army seem to think the Canucks did well at the trade-deadline. Adding Sami Pahlsson for two fourths and ECHLer Taylor Ellington was a fabulous deal. The Hodgson/Kassian trade is a bit more complicated - it's clearly a massive gamble, but the Canucks sold high on Cody Hodgson and improved themselves in the short term.

Interested in what the mainstream, National hockey media thought of Gillis' trade deadline handiwork? A full roundup, after the jump.

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Gillis' Gamble

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 04:04PM

Well, at least newly acquired Zack Kassian looks like a hockey player!

Mike Gillis loves to work to a deadline, and he proved that again with a blockbuster trade that only broke about thirty minutes after the deadline expired. What a ballsy deal this was for the Canucks General Manager, who has been the model of conservatism at the trade deadline in the past.

Needless to say, today Gillis departed from him usual approach and sent the well loved and absurdly talented Cody Hodgson to Buffalo, along with depth defenseman Alexander Sulzer in exchange for mammoth forward Zack Kassian, and young offensive defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. Wow.

Read past the jump!

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The Other Trade: Erixon for Gordon

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 02:29PM


Lost in the furor surrounding the Cody Hodgson/Zack Kassian deal, was a minor deal the Canucks snuck in before the buzzer today. The team moved undrafted defensive prospect Sebastian Erixon to the Ducks for right-wing grinder Andrew Gordon. Here's the media release.

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