i dont know why everyone is riding hodgson c*ck the kid was garbage.
Yeah, he was only the Canucks' 4th leading goal scorer at the time of the trade after Daniel, Burrows and Kesler. Complete garbage.
People can say all they want. The fact is, Hodgson found something of a niche with the Canucks. He found chemistry with Hansen and was more productive as the team's 3rd line centre than with a bigger role in Buffalo (before being moved to the 4th line for the rest of the season). Having him as the 3rd line centre made the Canucks truly a 3-line attack team and he also gave the Canucks a double threat with the man advantage because he was so good at quarterbacking the 2nd unit.
I am by no means on the fire Gillis bandwagon. He has done so much for this organization that he gets a mulligan this season, but at the end of the day he did screw up with the Hodgson trade. We don't know for sure if Hodgson demanded a trade and even if he did, Gillis could have made him play out the season for the Canucks and trade him in the offseason. It might have worked out better for both sides as everyone might have had a Cup.