Canucks sell high on Cody Hodgson

Cam Charron
February 27 2012 02:00PM

The Vancouver Canucks, as we all know by know, dealt Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres for Zack Kassian, a winger described as a "rumbling bull" by TSN's Ray Ferraro. Also involved in the deal was Buffalo defenseman Marc-André Gragnani.

We knew that the deal might involve a Canuck minor leaguer, as Chicago Wolves general manager Wendell Young alerted the media that a trade affect the Canucks' AHL affiliate around noon Pacific time, but we didn't know to what extent this might affect the team. Perhaps they indicated that Kassian may play with the Wolves for the rest of the season.

Kassian, a 6'3", 228 lb behemoth who played on Canada's World Junior team in Buffalo, scored 77 points in just 56 games for the Windsor Spitfires in 2011. This season, Kassian has 15 goals in 30 games with Rochester of the AHL and 3 goals in 27 games with the Sabres.

Shipping out Hodgson and replacing him with Pahlsson is a move that benefits the Canucks in the short-term, even if that wasn't what we were expecting from Mike Gillis. Pahlsson is a centreman who can play the tough minutes in place of Hodgson, who has had to take on some sheltered shifts which increased his production past December. It was clear to the Canucks that Hodgson wasn't going to fit into this organization in the future as a centreman behind Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler, or at least not in their championship window.

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Pahlsson Doesn't Displace Malhotra or Hodgson

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 12:51PM


New Canuck Sami Pahlsson battles Daniel Sedin for the puck.

There's a lot of confusion about what the acquisition of Sami Pahlsson means for the Canucks. Does the trade signal that the Canucks have lost faith in Manny Malhotra? Will Pahlsson cut into Cody Hodgson's precious ice-time? Did the Canucks really need another centre? The answer to those questions in order is: no, no and yes. 

The big implications of the Pahlsson acquisition, from a deployment perspective, is that the trade suggests that the Canucks are planning on doubling down on their "D-zone start specialist" approach to the fourth line. 

Read past the jump for more analysis on the trade.

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Canucks acquire Sammy Pahlsson from Columbus

Cam Charron
February 27 2012 12:19PM

The Vancouver Canucks made their first deal of deadline just before 11 am on Monday, acquiring Sammy Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of fourth round draft picks.

This is quite the interesting move for the Canucks, for starters, it looks like he will be the added forward depth that can play some tough competition as a defensive specialist. Pahlsson is no stranger to tough minutes, starting just 32.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone and he's third among forwards in quality of competition faced.

Read past the jump for more analysis.

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You Know What I Hate?! - Feb 27

Cam Davie
February 27 2012 11:01AM


Ricky Gervais is angry. And so am I. He's the only person worth watching
as host of an awards show. And you should skip the rest of the show and just watch him.
Photo courtesy moviephone

Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday (this week, Tuesday!), and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

This week, I rip the awards out of the hands of Slap Shot, Sportsnet and Trade Deadline Day coverage.

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The Argument for Doing Nothing

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 08:09AM

Today is the big day. There's thirty General Managers with five or so hours to improve their team before the trade window slams shut at 3 PM EST. As hockey fans everywhere tune in breathlessly, there's the obvious likelihood that today's deadline will go off with a whimper, rather than any sort of bang. It's a frenzied atmosphere - and as every General Manager past and present will tell you, "more mistakes get made" on this day, than on any other.

Over the past week we've taken stock of what the Canucks need and how much cap-space they have. We've looked at the franchise's recent history at the deadline and at what “winners” typically do at the deadline. We've also “targeted“ available forwards and defenseman. Now in the calm before the potential storm, lets think long and hard about whether or not it's even worthwhile for Mike Gillis to make a major move to his current roster.

Read on past the jump!

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