Sorry; a clarification. I did not call your perspective propaganda; I called the whole presentation of the Hodgson affair by Gillis this.
I did think you expand on this viewpoint that he was pitching a tad too aggressively from time to time. Comments like "for you Hodgson lovers give it up"... If Gillis was completely right, Kassian would have been a monster for us in the play off's. I would have preferred him saying right when the trade was made that, perhaps they made some mistakes, but Hodgson wanted more than we can offer him at the moment. So we're offering him a chance and also offering Kassian the chance to the big dominating winger we also need.
Meh; back to new business.
I don't have a problem for the most part with how Gillis handled the situation - as I already said, the only thing disagreed with was the notion that there was a pump and dump strategy - I think it's management and the coaching staff's job to pump up their players regardless - and the Canucks did a good job of playing Hodgson to his strengths in situations and to an extent that he could handle and excel in. People got extremely carried away thinking that translated into a player who was already prepared to take veteran's minutes, carry the team and reserve himself the next captaincy. The Province's hype campaign grossly over did it, to say the least - partly because they lack actual hockey perspective, and evidently they bought some of Winters' sales kick touting his rookie in a class with Stamkos. The whole thing spun into a circus of over-reaction - equal and opposite to the initial nonsense.
I think you are ignoring the role that Hodgson's agent played in the whole affair - complaining through, complaining about and manipulating media. Gallagher, for example, was an easy and eager messenger boy, while PITB Daniel Wagner a scapegoat. Read Winters' article if you haven't already.
Kassian wasn't acquired to be a "monster" in last year's playoffs. Gillis very clearly and unambiguously described him as a player who needed development - anyone who expected that wasn't looking realistically at the context, and anyone who expected Hodgson to be were also expecting too much, and not realizing how challenging his matchups would have been - and even moreso given the hobbled top two lines. The half-empty crowd loves to make the red herrring claim that Kassian was benched or press boxed - in reality, he suffered a shoulder injury against Anaheim with two games remaining in the season, missed the last two games, returned to play injured in the playoffs, playing only 4 minutes a game as a result, and couldn't really play the physical game needed. Bottom line - no rookie was going to subsidize a Cup run without the top two lines being effective.
How about this?
Luongo and Hodgson to Toronto
Myers and Frattin to Vancouver
Grabovski, Gardiner, and Connauton to Buffalo
Edited by oldnews, 23 November 2012 - 11:45 AM.