I missed that conversation.
However, I think he did violate confidentiality. Esp when Hodgson was asked that question in an interview and he just said i don't want to talk about it .. something like what's in the past is in the past and i want to move on. That did not imply that Hodgson had issues here. Gillis's previous quote also mentioned that I'm not getting into any back door conversations.
but in this presser he came out and threw Hodgson under the bus and basically said that trade happened because of issues with Hodgson. I also want to note that he and his management staff decided that hodgson maybe doesn't want to be here. Hodgson did not ask for a trade.
1.) In the mind of you and others, Gillis implying that Hodgson & Co, were a PITA = breaking confidentiality. On the other hand, if Gillis had implied that Hodgson & Co. were always the nicest people in the world with which to deal and he was so sorry he to trade "Cody" because he will be a future superstar and would have become captain of the team, then that would still have been confidential information, right?
Or would it be okay to make that second statement,merely because it was favourable to "Cody"?
2.) Folks who are fans of Hodgson keep clutching to this idea of, "Cody" did not ask for a trade. Why does it matter to you or anyone else if Hodgson did or didn't actually say the words, "I want to be traded"?
It seems that the most significant thing to be gained in any kind of discussion about this trade by Hodgson fans, is whether or not "Cody" had actually asked for a trade. The only reason I can come up with as to why this would be of importance to you lot is that you want to able to point fingers and lay blame.
You want to be able to say, "See, I told you so!" And you can't as successfully do that if Hodgson had actually asked to be traded, can you?
In ten years from now when (as you all perhaps hope and believe) Hodgson has won his tenth scoring title and tenth Art Ross and tenth Conn Smyth and tenth Stanley Cup while being the captain of the Sabres (and Team Canada), you want to be able to say, "See, we never should have traded Cody, and Gillis was wrong to do so, and AV hatez young playerz!!!" And somehow, this success on his part would vindicate Hodgson in this situation.
Well, I think it has never mattered if Hodgson actually asked for a trade. Hodgson could ask all day long, "Am I traded yet? Am I traded yet? Am I traded yet?" and If Gillis didn't want to move him then he wouldn't be going anywhere. Gillis has as much as said, "We've had issues for 3 years and I figured it was time for us to part company" so please, on Mike's behalf I give this to you: feel free to take what Gillis said in the press conference as a confirmation that "Cody" did not actually ask to be traded, if that pleases you. Feel free to place all the blame you want on to Gillis' shoulders, he has as much as said he'd freely and gladly accept any consequences for the trade by stating he'd do it again.
Just a final note: If Hodgson came out tomorrow and said in a TV interview, "Yeah, I was happy to leave Vancouver and come play back east again. I bugged Gillis about trading me for 3 years", would that make you sad for some reason? Would you feel rejected?
Or would it merely fuel your animosity towards towards Gillis and AV in that they they had not done enough to keep "Cody" happy?
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.