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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:42 AM

From today's Province:

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.
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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.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:45 AM

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Gary Roberts knows Cody Hodgson well. The retired 22-year veteran of the NHL has seen Hodgson try to train through a debilitating injury. Roberts has seen his young son take to Hodgson, and he watched the center respond by having daily lunches with the 4-year-old boy on Roberts' patio. Roberts has seen the drive and desire Hodgson has to be a successful hockey player.

With all Roberts has seen, he couldn't believe his ears.

While recapping the trade that made Hodgson a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver General Manager Mike Gillis essentially said last week he was glad to be rid of the center.

"I spent more time on Cody's issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years," Gillis said.

Roberts was flabbergasted.

"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."

Roberts, obviously, was fired up by Gillis' comments. Not surprisingly, Hodgson seems to have brushed them off.

Since joining the Sabres two months ago, the 22-year-old has repeatedly declined to look back at his time in the Canucks organization. He doesn't want to dwell on a stint filled with a misdiagnosed back injury, questions about his commitment and attitude, disagreements regarding playing time and, possibly, a trade request.

"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."

Roberts is certain Hodgson will be anything but a dud. Hodgson is preparing for his third summer training under Roberts, and the fitness guru with a Stanley Cup and Masterton Trophy on his resume says this offseason will be the best of Hodgson's life.

"I'm looking forward to this year really being an opportunity for him to really explode as far as his conditioning goes," Roberts said.

Hodgson's ability to work out is what gives Roberts his confidence. For too long, Hodgson wasn't able to do much.

The center hurt his back in the summer of 2009. The convoluted chain of events following the injury is the main reason the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft is in Buffalo and Zack Kassian, the 13th pick in 2009, is Vancouver.

Doctors diagnosed Hodgson's injury as a bulging disc that shouldn't be much trouble. When it was, there was surprise, disappointment and mocking, including disparaging remarks from Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

Hodgson struggled through 2009-10. He failed to make the Canucks out of training camp and played just 24 games for his junior team. When he tried to join Vancouver's minor-league team for the playoffs, doctors wouldn't clear him to play.

That summer, Hodgson went to Roberts.

"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."

Hodgson put up 30 points in 52 minor-league games in 2010-11. He played another 20 games with Vancouver, including 12 in the playoffs.

This season, as a rookie, he took off. Hodgson had 16 goals and 33 points in 63 games with the Canucks, then had three goals and eight points in 20 games with the Sabres.

"It's a real honor to play in this league, and to play a full season is obviously something you dream of as a kid," Hodgson said. "It was a good year. I just wish I could have done more to help Buffalo get in the playoffs."

The Sabres are counting on Hodgson to help them get there next season.

"It's exciting because Cody Hodgson has been a good addition, is going to fit in very well with a group of players," Buffalo GM Darcy Regier said. "Not just the team as a whole but even a younger subset whether it's Tyler Myers, [Tyler] Ennis, [Drew] Stafford, and I think that that is a positive."

If Hodgson's growth curve mirrors that of Roberts' other well-known pupils, he will be the No. 1 center the Sabres need. Tampa Bay's Stamkos works with Roberts and has grown into a 60-goal scorer and MVP finalist. Pittsburgh's James Neal scored 40 times. Florida's Stephen Weiss has turned into a perennial 20-goal scorer. Carolina's Jeff Skinner was the 2011 Rookie of the Year.

"A lot of people think it's just pushing the weights and doing the workouts and stuff, but it's more than that," Hodgson said. "It's about vitamins. It's about taking care of yourself not just in the gym or on the ice, but away from the ice, too, getting the proper rest, nutrition, doctors, soft tissue guys, chiropractors -- take care of yourself throughout the year so you're not missing games and you're always feeling at your peak."

Said Roberts: "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.

"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."

A second full summer of training combined with a full season getting accustomed to the Sabres has Hodgson eager to show he belongs, no matter what anyone at his previous home says.

"I think about myself as a Buffalo Sabre now," Hodgson said. "I think we have a really good team, and I think next year coming back hopefully we'll be even stronger. I'm excited to see what we can do."

So is Roberts.

"I totally respect what he's gone through," Roberts said. "I think Buffalo's got not only a great player but a really good young man who's going to be there hopefully a long time."

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:47 AM

If I was Gary, I'd be out protecting my business interests as well, that being golden eggs.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:48 AM

Gary was a player that struggled with long term injury as well, I can see him being sensitive about this kind of thing.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:49 AM

So Roberts is backing his client? I'd expect nothing less.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:51 AM

Right on Gary! Gillis is a moron.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:54 AM

Gillis did the right thing in trading him if he didn't wanna stay here... but he's an idiot for telling the media about it.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:57 AM

Gillis did the right thing in trading him if he didn't wanna stay here... but he's an idiot for telling the media about it.


Well he had to defend his own a** for making the trade, in which many people were upset about and calling for him to be fired because "Hodgson lost us the LA Series"
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:58 AM

Gillis did the right thing in trading him if he didn't wanna stay here... but he's an idiot for telling the media about it.


Agreed. Mike Gillis should have taken the high road.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:01 AM

Good for Roberts, hes got every right to back up Cody. I love you MG but why didn't you just do what you always do and just stay quiet.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:02 AM

Well he had to defend his own a** for making the trade, in which many people were upset about and calling for him to be fired because "Hodgson lost us the LA Series"

lol who said that? I love Coho still got his jersey. But there is no way in hell we would of won if Cody was still here

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:03 AM

MG did the wrong thing, you should never bash a player on the way out. He only did it because he go robed on the trade and wanted to make the trade look better. It was a classless move that I hope never happens again.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:03 AM

This article makes me sick because I know Roberts speaks the truth. Gillis and the Canucks totally dropped the ball with this trade.

THAT BEING SAID......I think Roberts is assuming here that the issues Gillis was referring to were Hodgson's injury issues. I don't necessarily think that's what Gillis was talking about. Look at the work Gillis put in to deal with Rypien and his mental struggles. He's not going to throw someone under the bus for their medical issues. I think he was referring to a few attitude problems and some drama with the agent and family.

At the end of the day, though, Hodgson was not handled right by this organization and I believe it begins and ends with the coach. AV never really jived with Hodgson from the get go and I can bet he had a say in his departure. I fear that Hodgson was willing to work things out but Gillis catered to his coach that he adores so much and cut Hodgson loose.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:04 AM



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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:05 AM

If I was Gary, I'd be out protecting my business interests as well, that being golden eggs.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:07 AM

I agree with Gary. Gillis is a moron, it wasn't necessary to make those comments about Hodgson.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

Gillis did the right thing in trading him if he didn't wanna stay here... but he's an idiot for telling the media about it.


I absolutely agree. I was very surprised to hear MG say something like "I don't talk about what players say to me. I want them to be able to come me without worrying about reading about it in the newspapers" and then go on to make a really negative comment about Hodgson, making him seem like a jerk.

MG never should have said that. It sounded defensive -- like he was trying deflect blame for the Hodgson trade working out badly and, more broadly, for getting knocked of the playoffs in 5 games in the first round.

The problem is that Hodgson seems like a very decent young guy. In every interview I have seen, in the way he approaches playing, and in every other way he looks to me like a class act. And he has a lot of talent. Therefore MG's comments look bad, even if they are true. And frankly, I don't believe they are. It sounds like exaggeration to me. Did he really spend more time on Hodgson than everyone else put together? Maybe he should have spent more time with Ehrhoff's case, with Kesler's case, etc.

And, as Roberts says, if Hodgson's case did take up a lot of time, it was at least partly because of injury (no one's fault) and the Canucks' mis-handling of the injury. And remember AV's negative comments about Hodgson when he was struggling with the injury in training camp before the 2010-11 season.

What happened of course was that, after a disappointing playoff loss, MG was feeling the pressure and lost his usual composure. I am sure he regrets his comments. At least I hope he does.

I beleive that Hodgson did ask for a trade. It is hard to blame him. Given the way he was treated by AV and by the Canucks in general I would done the same thing.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:17 AM

This article makes me sick because I know Roberts speaks the truth. Gillis and the Canucks totally dropped the ball with this trade.

THAT BEING SAID......I think Roberts is assuming here that the issues Gillis was referring to were Hodgson's injury issues. I don't necessarily think that's what Gillis was talking about. Look at the work Gillis put in to deal with Rypien and his mental struggles. He's not going to throw someone under the bus for their medical issues. I think he was referring to a few attitude problems and some drama with the agent and family.

At the end of the day, though, Hodgson was not handled right by this organization and I believe it begins and ends with the coach. AV never really jived with Hodgson from the get go and I can bet he had a say in his departure. I fear that Hodgson was willing to work things out but Gillis catered to his coach that he adores so much and cut Hodgson loose.


I think it's the other way around. Roberts thinks Gillis was suggesting that the issues that he dealt with for 3 yrs with Hodgson had to do with his attitude and demands. He's saying in reality Gillis was dealing mostly with Hodgson's injury issues. Gillis should have made it clear in his comments EVERYTHING he had to deal with.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:17 AM

Well he had to defend his own a** for making the trade, in which many people were upset about and calling for him to be fired because "Hodgson lost us the LA Series"


Why would he need to defend himself? The owners are the only ones who can fire him and I'm sure they were well aware of the reasons for Cody getting traded. Hodgson wasn't going to turn this 4-1 series loss into a win.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:20 AM

I think Gillis made the comments because it justifies (in his mind anyway) why he made the trade.

Call it "damage control".

But then, I figure he didn't expect Gary Roberts to call him out as a "moron"...
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:20 AM

I really respect Gary Roberts and I agree that what Gillis did was wrong.
His excuse for trading away Hodgson was not good enough to me.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

I don't understand what Gillis was getting at with those comments and I could honestly see Hodgson getting a PPG next year...

I could see Roberts as a coach at some point...

The downside to this is that we may never have another player accepted into the Gary Roberts MVP-Factory

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

I agree with Gary. Gillis is a moron, it wasn't necessary to make those comments about Hodgson.


I think it was absolutely necessary for him to make those comments. How many times was his decision questioned? After a while it's time to answer the questions which is what he did. The media asks him the questions over and over again. The fan base lambastes him over and over again for the trade. etc etc etc. He absolutely had to answer as to why he made the move he made so that he could be accountable. I don't think he needs to get in detail which he didn't.

It seems high road Hodgson found somebody to take the low road for him. At least he confirmed what Gillis said though when he said he went through a lot when he was here. Sounds like GIllis was right; he did have to deal with more stuff from CoHo than the rest of the team combined. High road? I think not.

It was a bad relationship from start to finish it seems.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

So Roberts is backing his client? I'd expect nothing less.


If he was only worried about his business interests wouldn't it make more sense to stay out of it in the public? Having issues with a gm can't be good for business. I think he called him a moron cause he didn't want to say sleazy, lying, scumbag of a moron. Which would be closer to the truth. Good for Cody showing class and staying out of it. MG could learn something from him.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

When it looked like Cody Hodgson was going to be a star, his days as a Canuck were numbered.

Just look at the big market draft picks of 2008:

5. Schenn. Bust? Trade bait?
10. Hodgson. Close to busting. Traded.
11. Beach. Fairly close to being a bust.
16. Colbourne. Traded.
19. Sbisa. Traded.
30. McCollum. Not even close to the big league.

imo You're not allowed to be a successful team and get decent draft picks unless you're one of the inner circle who is due to win the cup. Philly. NYR. They have paid their dues. The Canucks are up there, but they're not even close. And now the prime years of the Sedins are wasted.

It would not surprise me to see the Habs and Laffs win the cup again before the Canucks win one. Possibly the Oilers as well. And don't forget about Buffalo. The Canucks apparently still need to pay their dues. I say let us sign more and more free agents to ridiculous contracts and merely bury them like NYR and Philly do all the time. (Hey, does Wade Redden get his name on the cup if NYR wins?) Cheers.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:33 AM

Atta boy Gary! I'm glad someone that knows the kid finally backed him up, Gillis will be eating a rotten egg sandwich in years to come when Hodgson is coming into form in Buffalo and Kassian plugs away on the third line.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:36 AM

Gary Roberts, are you kidding ME? Gillis could have come out and said a lot more than what he did, you should be glad that he didn't and only went as far as giving a brief outline as to why he was traded.

Put yourself in MG's shoes, he trades away a promising young talent and the people in Vancouver demand answers, WTF do you expect him to do? Keep his mouth shut and take the blame for everything?

Codys issues were obviously a big part in trading him, MG would look like a fool without telling the media that. Period.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:36 AM

AV should have never called out Hodgson a few years back. AV is an idiot and so is Hodgson's dad.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:37 AM

Agreed. Mike Gillis should have taken the high road.

I'm glad he said it.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

AV should have never called out Hodgson a few years back. AV is an idiot and so is Hodgson's dad.



I'm on board with you about the AV comments but where does all this Hodgson's dad come in? I'm not being sarcastic here but I want to see the article everyone read to keep saying his dad mettled with the situation.




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