Well it looks like the other skate has finally dropped. After Canucks GM. Mike Gillis’ state of the union address last week, in which he essentially compared Cody Hodgson’s career as a Canuck to Art Garfunkel’s solo career or the vanilla in a carton of neopolitan ice cream, the Cody Hodgson camp has finally answered back.
Former NHL curmudgeon Gary Roberts, turned “hockey whisperer” knows a little something about spinning NHL rookies into gold. Robert’s current stable includes such stars as: Steven Stamkos, Michael Del Zotto and Jeff Skinner.
Cody Hodgson also happens to be a client of Roberts and his unique combination of strength, conditioning, and strict diet regimen as a lifestyle choice and roadmap to NHL success. This is what Roberts’ had to say about Mike Gillis’ comments:
I talked to Cody after this came out with Gillis,” Roberts said. “I know he’s on vacation, and I said, ‘Hey, I know you went through a lot of stress. How are you feeling about some of those comments?’ He said, ‘Gary, I’ve dealt with a lot of stuff there in the last three years, and I’m just going to take the high road.
“For me, I’d like to be the guy that looks at Mike Gillis and says, ‘You’re a moron.’ It doesn’t really do anybody any good other than the fact that Mike Gillis looks like, as they say on TSN, a dud.”
If these were the comments of an agent, a disgruntled parent or supermodel girlfriend it would be so much easier to shrug them off as sour grapes from a player no longer part of a Stanley Cup contender.
"I don't care what you say, that girl from the Black Eye Peas is creepy. Now give me 20!"
But this is Gary Roberts, the guy that is systematically pumping out more NHL talent than the midwife at the Staal farm. Roberts continued on with his critique of Mike Gillis’ comments:
“I listened to Mike Gillis the other day,” Roberts said by phone over the weekend, “and my impression was, ‘Are you kidding me?’
“If anybody knew this kid, this young man, to know what he went through mentally and physically for two summers trying to find out what the heck was wrong with him — of course they dealt with his issues more than anybody else in the organization because he was injured and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him.
“It almost was like they thought he didn’t want to work. Well, I can tell you that this kid out of all the kids that I train, he’s up there in the [Steven] Stamkos group as far as commitment and determination. What I tell him, he does, so I know he’s coachable and I love working with him.”
Hodgson is currently in his third summer as a client of Gary Roberts’ and according to Roberts, it will be Hodgson’s time to shine mostly because it will be the first time he’ll [Hodgson] be completely healthy:
“Last summer, we trained him the way he should be trained. That was one summer of training in three he was really able to do what he needed to do.”- Gary Roberts
“He’s a pretty strong kid, but it’s his speed and power that we’re really going to focus on this summer. Now that he’s healthy I have a pretty good feeling that he will be a faster and more powerful guy in September, which will help him develop into the player that he should have been two years ago if he would have been healthy.” – Gary Roberts
Hodgson hurt his back in the summer of 2009. Initially it was diagnosed as a bulging disc and Hodgson should have mended quite quickly. Unfortunately, it was the injury that began a long spiral down for Hodgson’s time with the Canucks culminating with the trade for Zack Kassian at the trade deadline this past season.
]Interestingly, it was Roberts’ “team” that found the real cause for the injury:
“Just watching him move in the gym, I said, ‘Cody, something’s not right,’” Roberts said. “He wasn’t getting better. He could do some things, but as soon as you loaded him at all he had issues. Fortunate enough, we found a tear in his multifidus muscle in his back, which is really your major back stabilizer muscle, and that was really where things, I think, turned around for him.”- Gary Roberts
Hodgson is completely healthy for the first time since he entered the NHL and if Roberts’ past success stories with Steven Stamkos, James Neal and Jeff Skinner are any indication, the 2012 – 2013 could be a breakout season for the former 1st round pick.
On a related note, Zack Kassian is a huge fan of pressbox nachos.
Interesting stuff. So... is Hodgson really 'taking the high road' or again, by not denying anything, did he really ask for a trade?
Edited by yes we can nucks, 30 April 2012 - 07:49 AM.