k_man08, on 11 March 2012 - 10:46 AM, said:
Is it just me or the canucks just don't have the same spark with Kassian in the lineup? I'm still not sold on this kid. He may be great long term but short term i can't help but think we lose out by giving up a promising dynamic player for another blue chipper that needs a ton of development.
Sure Hodgson wanted more ice time and right fully so since he was top four in scoring, but there were ways of giving that to him without trading him. He could have been our second line center with Booth and Kesler on the wing.
Then Pahlsson(sp?) and Malhotra could have been our 3/4 line centers. To me the timing of the deal is questionable. I have heard excuses that he'd never be able to fight off Sedin and Kesler to get the top line minutes but the same argument applies to Schiender and thinking about trading him is some sort of taboo.
Is anyone else feeling the same way?
If Cody didn't want to be here, then get rid of him. This team has gone through way too much of that crap in their history. Remember when Craig Janney didn't want to be here?
A weird thing happened to Janney and the Blues near the end of the 1993-94 season. The Blues signed restricted free agent Petr Nedved from Vancouver and an independent arbitrator named Janney and a second round pick as compensation. Janney however refused to report, and the Canucks swung a subsequent deal to allow St. Louis to keep Janney in exchange for defensemen Jeff Brown and Bret Hedican, as well as young forward Nathan Lafeyette. The Canucks also got to keep the draft pick, which turned out to be Dave Scatchard.
Sure.. it worked out better for us in the long run, but it shouldn't have even been an issue.
If a player thinks he's better than the team.. see ya.
Kassian.. he's a year younger, 6'3", 214lbs, right handed shot.. and can fight as well as score.
Hodgson.. 22 years old, 6'0", 185lbs, right handed shot.. can't really fight, and has already had a concussion.. not to mention a bad back.
Since being traded..
Kassian.. out of 5 games played, he's -1 in one game, but even in 4.. and he has 1 goal and 1 assist.. 2 points.
Hodgson.. out of 5 games played, he's -1 in four games, and +1 in one game.. and has 0 goals and 0 assists.. 0 points.
Yeah... I'd rather have Kassian any day. He's the reason the Windsor Spitfires won the Memorial Cup in 2010.. all the opposition were afraid of him
. And the fact that he idolizes Big Bert.. that's awesome! We could have another dominant power forward in the making.
Edited by iamspuzzum, 11 March 2012 - 11:20 AM.