Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:36 PM
I was pretty choked when I saw the trade this afternoon. Didn't think Van would do anymore trades, but Gillis seems to surprise us year after year.
About the trade. I still don't like it. We're trading one of the better players under 25 years of age, for a player who was buried in the minors for most of the year, with a team who isn't even a cup contender. In my opinion, Buffalo wins this trade short term AND long term. Hodgson is a young player who has proven himself this season that he's got game, he can score, he can even check (although perhaps not as well as Pahlsson). He's only going to get better with more playing time, and a better supporting cast (which Buffalo will eventually do). I was sad to see CoHo go, and I'm still a little bit upset at Gillis.
Gillis has done a remarkable job as GM. But this may, as some said, make or break his career as GM of the Canucks. If this ends up being a Naslund-Stajonov type of trade, Gillis should be fired. IF the Canucks don't win the Cup this year, because it seems that some people on this board believe that we have a deeper team, as a result of this trade - AV should be canned. If he can't win a Cup with the team we had last year, and if this team is now "better" because of the trade with Buffalo today, and he STILL can't win the Cup, he should be let go.
I also think that AV is a part of the reason why Hodgson is no longer a Canuck. He was mistreated, and it seemed like AV just didn't like the kid, as a result, he's gone, but the coach stays. Although, AV's leash isn't as long as he may believe. He doesn't win this year, or next - he should be canned. Period.
Buffalo's getting a GREAT young player in Hodgson. No doubt about it. And if Kassian doesn't prove his worth soon, Gillis will have some tough questions to answer.
Kassian hasn't proven he can stick in the NHL, and THIS is my I was upset with this trade. If we had traded Hodgson last year, for Kassian, then sure, maybe we'd all be fine with it. But Hodgson this year, has really come into his own. 33 points in 63 games isn't bad for a 21 year old. I don't even know if either Sedins scored that much when they were 21.
How many points does Kassian bring? Oh right. 7 points in 27 games played. He's not gifted as Hodgson is, offensively. But he brings "grit and sandpaper". At the end of the day, the question has to be asked "Does this make us better?" I think it makes us worse, because we have a prospect (Kassian is still a prospect, because he hasn't proven anything yet, Hodgson has this year with 16 goals, 17 assists) in our line-up. How does he handle the media attention in Van? How does he handle the expectations (both organizational, and from the fans) of him? And finally, does he live up to those expectations? He better prove something soon, beause if he hits 25-26 years old, and he's still producing something like 10 goals, and 10-15 assists, he'll be considered a bust. AND if Hodgson at that time, is producing something to the effect of 60-70 points - we've been fleeced. Gillis should be fired, and AV should have been canned a long time ago.
BTW, what's with AV's lust and hard-on for Rome, anyways? Jeez. The guy I just don't understand.
No wonder Vancouver fans have been suffering a long, LONG time. It's because of dumb-headed moves like this. 40 years without a Cup, and we wonder why....
Hope this is the year. The window is closing fast on this team. Kesler is approaching his late twenties, Sedins are entering into their mid thirties. They're not going to be around forever.