Tweeted what? Cody is asking to leave Vancouver?
Give it up ,Baggins.
See for yourself......
Near the end of a long day on twitter for Ritch Winter, Cody Hodgson’s agent, a Vancouver Canucks fan, @scurrie90, sent him this tweet:
“Cody’s Dad made him go through 3 agents til they finally found one that antagonized MG (Mike Gillis) enough that Cody (was) moved.”
Winter (@hockeyagentdad) responded with this:
“Third time luck they say.”
It was the glib low point in a day Winter didn’t do his client any favours. The agent who openly mocks the media for rampant speculation, ironically fueled even more with his revelations about the events that led up to the blockbuster Hodgson trade to Buffalo.
First with a bullet was Winter revealing Hodgson met with Vigneault Saturday about his role with the team. Winter called it a “great meeting.”
Maybe. What it’s not, is common. Mentioning a meeting with the coach about his role two days before he was traded only feeds the wooly mammoth in the room. And that is did Hodgson ask for a trade? Did his camp push the Canucks into their decision to deal Hodgson for Zack Kassian on deadline day?
Winter said only Vigneault and Hodgson know what was said in the meeting. It certainly doesn’t help the optics.
It’s ironic Winter reveals the meeting in the same tweet he says, “I just find speculation fascinating.”
For most of Wednesday, he was the source of it.
Continuing to stoke the fire, Winter added:
“Now we did ask for more ice time.”
In the meeting two days before the trade deadline? That meeting was about asking for an increased role? Oh, right, that’s pure speculation.
Winter clarified it later with this:
“I discussed icetime on several occassions over 2 years. Never demanded it ever.”
Sometimes, it’s better to say nothing. Let a story die, instead of pumping oxygen into the fire. Hodgson’s ice time was a rager which was finally dying down. By confirming it was an issue, Winter dumps his gasoline on it at the worst possible time. It will make things more difficult for Hodgson Saturday, when he’ll again be asked all about his request for ice time.
When pushed on the topic, Winter says:
“He never made such a request. Why would you assume that.”
Because you mentioned it.
He followed that with:
“how I love the unfounded speculation.”
Good luck making sense of that sequence.
Of course, Winter didn’t stop there. Unwilling to disengage, he added this:
“Cody loved Vancouver, the vanc (sic) fans and the city. Team had different goals than Cody. The trade supports that. But it was a surprise.”
It was vague and open to questioning. How were the goals different? Long term goals, or short term?
Winter has continually stressed Hodgson did not ask for a trade. Maybe he should have left it at that.
“Media (is) trying to fill blogs, airtime, etc. With speculation in 24/7 sports media world 2 c what sticks,” he tweeted.
Oh, the ironing.
The 24/7 sports world will be just fine without Hodgson speculation.
“Speculation just a product of those who r having trouble reading Eng. Its pretty clear,” Winter says.
It seems there are different definitions of clarity. And English.
Or how about this gem......
The run of the Cody Hodgson circus in Vancouver appears to be finally coming to a close.
His agent Ritch Winter took down the big top late Thursday, finally deleting a series of contradictory tweets which only fuelled speculation that Hodgson wanted out of Vancouver and asked for a trade.
Winter admitted Hodgson wanted more ice time, something he said was an issue for two years, and revealed a meeting Hodgson had with head coach Alain Vigneault. He did get the date wrong. The meeting was last Friday, not Saturday.
At maybe its strangest moment, Winter tweeted out his cellphone number and when someone asked him via Twitter why he would do that, he said it didn’t happen.
A couple hours later dozens of tweets, going back two weeks, were deleted. Everything on Hodgson was gone.
Then Friday the Buffalo Sabres arrived in Vancouver and said Hodgson would not be available. But they changed that late in the afternoon, giving the Vancouver media less than 20 minutes to get to a presser with the rookie. It wasn’t enough notice for most of the media, including The Province and TEAM 1040.
Sportsnet and Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap was on hand, however, and gave Hodgson a good grilling. I’m loath to link to anything at the Vancouver Sun, but this is hilarious and worth a read.
Essentially, Hodgson doesn’t answer any of the questions and refuses to specifically address whether he asked for a trade.
Maybe it could lead to more speculation, but Vancouver is just about run bone dry on Hodgson speculation at this point.
He starts every answer with “Like I said,” which wasn’t dissimilar to Todd Bertuzzi when he answered every question with “It is what it is” after returning from his suspension in 2005.
The best exchange, mostly for the great question, was this:
Pap: Given the history of your back issues two seasons ago, and the supposed bad blood over that, did any type of conversation take place between your side and the Canucks in which you were told, if you wanted a trade, you would have to play well in a Canucks uniform to establish your trade value?
Hodgson: “Like I said, I don’t look back at everything that’s happened. I’m happy for my time here. I’m really grateful that they drafted me and gave me an opportunity to play. They helped develop me and become the player I am today so I have nothing but good things to say about the organization and what they’ve done for me.”
Hmmmm, Winter wipes out tweets and Hodgson evades questions.....it's a head scratcher.....