Seems like he was just being careful not to put any backfire on Gillis, whatever the reasons, Cody kept it in house.
Pahlsson was garbage in the playoffs, the plan sounded right but yet again we lacked scoring. He could have been acquired regardless of trading Cody or not if they really felt he was a liability. So what if he's sub par defensively, plenty of great players are, not like a rookie can improve on something right?
Lacked grit?? i don't recall him taking repeated punches from anyone half his size like others on this team, Kassian didn't exactly make us bad to the bone in Keith's nor LA's eyes. Cody is a skilled player, it's his job to score and make plays, something he was damn good at doing. The lack of respect for veterans?? I haven't heard anything from his mouth nor his teammates to suggest that, all just Gillis' implying it. Shredder nor any of our other center prospects are on an NHL level like Cody, he is far more proven than any of them and Kassian combined.
I'm not arguing the trade, i was pretty stoked when it happened. It's just stupid to see everyone turn on a promising rookie because our Manager didn't like him and slandered his name. All because he couldn't handle the scrutiny of making a dumb trade after telling us he is capable of making tough calls. What a joke.
You obviously missed a great deal of the context leading up to the trade. There are plenty of threads you can read to fill yourself in. You may want to start with the ice-time controversy, or his agent's letter in response to PITB blog.
Pahlsson played well here - people who claim otherwise weren't paying much attention - the third line was the best line in his time here.
Give "Shredder" a chance.
I'd take my chances with Gaunce's future over Hodgson's any day. Hodgson is about as proven as any other guy who has scored 40 points in his NHL career... as proven as his upside is, equally proven is his inability to play in his own end.
Edited by oldnews, 28 August 2012 - 09:37 PM.