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#1 hyroglyphixs

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:32 PM

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What do you guys think? He has a lot of upside..if he develops well he could be the next Lucic - he is big, is willing to stick up for teammates, and he is good at protecting the puck.

Let's be honest, I love CoHo and he was one I my favourite Canucks, but he was never gonna get to shine here with Hank and Kesler above him on the depth chart.

EDIT: A lot of people are overlooking Gragnani.. he fills a need on our team for D (right hand shot!) and also was a +10 on a team that is what, -27?

In the long term, this deal will benefit us more.

Thoughts on the Kassasin?

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:33 PM

I am now a sad panda.

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Edited by Tanev's Smirk, 27 February 2012 - 03:35 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:34 PM

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I am not sure of what to think about this trade.

We traded skill for toughness. We lose in the short term.

In the long term i think it is 50-50. We could lose big time or we could win this trade.

Time will tell. Pretty risky trade though imho. I think this deal hurts us this year though.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:34 PM

We lost this trade short term, but if Kassian lives up to his potential as a offensively gifted, mean as **** power forward, it's not a total loss. Who knows what could have been with Hodgson, and it sucks to see him go, but you have to give something up if you want to get something back.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:34 PM

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

I think Hodgson could have been effective as 2nd line RW.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

i wanted this guy here.

gillis listens...
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

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bad trade. COHO is a star in the making.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

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Completely shocked and sad to see the future of our franchise go... but this was a good trade for us. Before we all jump to conclusions, we acquired what we needed and greatly improved our Cup chances. Trust in MG, he knows what he's doing. Good luck Cody, all the best playing Top 6 minutes in Buffalo! Thanks for everything, you will be missed. Forever a Canuck!
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

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There will come a time when the Vancouver Canucks will regret trading Cody Hodgson.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:37 PM

what's going on, this happened hours ago
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:37 PM

so conflicted. Just listening to Hodgson's TSN interview. I dunno, not feeling great on this one... I think this will come back to bite Vancouver.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:39 PM

What do you guys think? He has a lot of upside..if he develops well he could be the next Lucic.

Let's be honest, I love CoHo and he was one I my favourite Canucks, but he was never gonna get to shine here with Hank and Kesler above him on the depth chart.

Thoughts?

i agree, CoHo is such a great player very sad that he has to go but with Hank and Kes he could never play on 1st or 2nd line. :(
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:40 PM

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Sorta reminds me of the Linden for Bertuzzi trade
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:40 PM

Don't like this trade, but somewhere in Phoenix, AV is jumping for joy.

Best of luck to Hodgson, we'll miss you.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:40 PM

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Pretty shocked to see him go, wish we would've parted with Raymond and a 1st instead.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:40 PM

I hope Kassian can live up to his potential. It's really hard to lose Cody Hodgson, hope he shines in Buffalo :(
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:41 PM

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6'4" 225lbs doesn't come along very often. I like the trade alot. Even if hodson goes on to be an 80 point player, he never would have been that here behind kes and hank.

Kasian was a 13th overall pick and a power foward with skill like this is just SO HARD to find let alone land. Very rare in this leage.

We will learn to love this kid. Trust me.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:42 PM

Initially I was like: :frantic:

After further thought.. I LIKE IT!

Gillis definitely made sure he had Pahlsson lined up before triggering this deal. We now have a semi-skilled, physical, shutdown 3rd line that is suited for the playoffs and we have enough consistent depth to interchange the lines.

Gragani is definitely an upgrade over Sulzer, too. Gillis is going for broke!!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:42 PM

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Cody wasnt going to get any minutes behind Henrik and Kes...simple as that.

Best of luck to him, he could turn out to be a great player in the future, but Kassian could very well be a better fit.

Kassian Stats for AHL 2011/2012

GP-30
G- 15
A- 11
P- 26

4 shots per game and 31 PIMS

Pretty decent if you ask me! not to mention 6'4 230!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:42 PM

I like Hodgson as a top-6 center, he has great skills to play that position however, I don't believe he was suited to be our 3rd line center. There's a sting with trading him away but I am not disappointed in the return. I like Zach Kassian a lot. Very tough, tenacious on the puck, and has solid offensive upside. As for now, I think he's perfect for our 3rd line wing but in the future I can see him crashing and banging with Booth and Kesler.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:42 PM

I just feel numbed... Hodgson is perfect here.. I'm not happy about this trade... I think this kind of trade is worth it with Mason Raymond... Not Hodgson.. =(

I hope Kassian live up to the expectation... sigh
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:42 PM

I don't know how to react.

On one hand, Hodgson seemed like the future of the franchise.

On the other, Canucks fans love to overrate our own players.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

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Stop using the excuse of COHO being stuck behind Henrik and Kesler to feel better about this retarded trade.
Hodgson could've easily been 2nd line center with Kesler and Booth on his wings.

Kassian could easily become Steve Bernier v2.0, good junior stats, big power forward game, no hands, questionable worth ethic.

I would've traded Raymond and whatever picks it took, before i even thought about COHO.

Do you see Pittsburgh trading Jordan Stall, because he's stuck behind Crosby and Malkin?

Edited by ynot-llat, 27 February 2012 - 03:45 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

really, REALLY tough to see Hodgson go.

Hopefully both players end up being stars in this league, because I know Cody will.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

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Peace out Hodgson you preppy little crap, Hello Kassian you badass mofo. Can`t wait to see Kassian plow through everyone and put up mad points
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

Come on guys lighten up. This is going to put us over the top. The toughness we added was way more important then CoHo. He had no future here, was never gonna be better then kesler and henrik. Gragnani can't be overlooked either. He is going to be great. I don't love the deal, but i like the deal. Excited to see what Kassian can bring the next few years. May be a cross between Bertuzzi and Lucic.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:45 PM

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Stop using the excuse of COHO being stuck behind Henrik and Kesler to feel better about this retarded trade.
Hodgson could've easily been 2nd line center with Kesler and Booth on his wings.

Kassian could easily become Steve Bernier v2.0, good junior stats, big power forward game, no hands.


You want to put one of the two best two way centers in the league on wing?? barf
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:45 PM

I don't mind this trade, I felt like I was slapped in the face when hearing it for the first time on Sportsnet, but Kassian is big and nasty what is he 6'3 or 6'4 and 240?? jeez, he can slot in with Kes & Booth if he shows chemistry, look at what he had with Luke Adam & Ville Leino, they had some pretty plays, but monkey boy Brad Marchand ain't going to be speed bag punching Danny anymore in the Finals for that matter.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:45 PM

Such a bad trade, we will be wondering what if' for years!.... Cam Neely... cough cough...what if kes or hank go down? we have no C that can slot in top 6 now,
3rd line cant score anymore, just like last year. Scoring depth is gone. Its not like Kassian is gonna come here and be this savior, hes playing in THE AHL right now.. he couldnt crack the Sabres 4th line...? Same with this other Grangani kid. Sure Hodgson cant beat Kes or Hank out for the top 2 lines right now, but We had him for next year as well and his value is only gonna go up and hes only gonna get better. just cause a player could play 1 or 2 line, doesnt mean he has too, i dont get how having too much depth at center is an issue and we should get rid of him just cause he isnt better than our top 2 in his rookie year?!? If this is the theory everyone is convincing themselves with, then we should have traded Schnieder as well!! It doesnt make any sense. He scored goals in all the hardest buildings to play in, SJ BOS DET NSH, plays his best hockey in big games at clutch times and has such a Captains poise about him for how young he is. We have been beating teams all year with the toughness we have, this is just dumb. His skill won us the Boston game, not toughness. Name one game we lost this year cause we werent 'tough' enough. I remember last year, MG said we were not gonna sell valuable assets to build our team with the intention of beating 1 team, last year it was Chicago, this year its Boston, and it looks like MG did the very thing he said he would not do last year. Terrible trade in my books.

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