And its not so simplistic as the exaggerated counter opinion that Cody would not have single handedly won the first two games. Of course he couldn't have.
But he would have created a domino effect. Not only might he have made or set up another goal we needed in game one, a more offensively potential third line would have kept Sutter's team more neutered.
We traded our 4th leading scorer, having a breakout year and comfortable with his teammates, for a big shy teddy bear of a rookie who will take years of development to become anything near what they want of him or what they said they were getting out of the deal. I'd not be surprised if he spends next year in the minors.
It may EVENTUALLY work out, although I predict huge things for Hodgson as well, but if you are talking about the NOW, so far its a miserable failure. And with a short window, Gillis may have just p***ed away this years chance.
EXACTLY...wasn't Grags and Kassian supposed to contribute to THIS PLAYOFF RUN? nope..haven't seen it, hell Grags hasn't even seen the ice in the post season cuz hes attrocious in his own end. This trade was made because our bone headed coach simply had some sort of vendetta against Hodgson, why else would guys like Bitz, Ebbett, and most noticeably Mason Raymond have chances on being on the top 6? The kid was our 4th leading scorer, probably one of the most consistent ones at that before February (he was slumping a bit) and we traded him for pieces that have little or no use for us in this playoff run. I don't care what Hodgsons contract is next season, or if Gragnani has boat loads of potential, NOBODY CARES, we want a long playoff run NOW
Ever notice how the most 3 most promising prospects this franchise has had in recent memory, that actually MADE it to the bigs, and contributed have all been traded? Grabner, Hodgson, Shirokov. Grabs is having a down year but hes still better than Mason Raymond, Hodgson had his ups and downs with the Sabres but no doubt hes going to pick it up next year, and Shirokov is playing lights out in the KHL. All 3 guys, traded because they didn't have room to move up the depth chart, too small, too slow (not Grabs)..we can attest that to the coach being so obsessed with past performance, size and grit. The fact we are treating Mason Raymond like hes a big deal, getting all these prime time minutes, just because he was what ...a 25 goal scorer 3 seasons ago, and hes been here longer is appalling.
From Mike Gillis said after the Hodgson trade, there was some philosophical difference that had to be made for this playoff run and it sounded like he was very reluctant on going for grit and size, playing that grinding style of hockey that Vigneult loves, well guess what, so far its not looking good, and it might cost Bam Bam his job.
Leave it to the French to screw up everything for everybody