Hodgson DIDN'T WANT TO BE HERE. It is really that simple, this kid would not have been traded otherwise,
Way to make a pointless thread without considering circumstances. Smasshian Kassian
Way to make pointless arguments without considering you have zero credibility when you have zero evidence as support.
Grabner is looking good.So is Shirokov.So is Hodgson.They would all look like world-beaters playing with two of the best players in the game on their line,as well.
Zero evidence to support? Are you still banging the drum that Cody didn't want out If so get a clue, it's painfully clear if you have the ability to read between the lines, and ever read the lines in some cases, he wanted out.
For the record, I like Shirokov and I think he should have been given a better shot, but Grabner had no chance of being on the roster.
This was our projected roster heading into the year, we were hoping Cody would be ready for 3rd line duties, part of the reason we acquired Manny in particular as he can play LW which was a huge factor.
Daniel - Henrik - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Sammuelsson
Malhotra - Hodgson - Hansen
Now you tell me where Grabner would have fit in??? Raymond and Sammuelsson both came off career years, not there, he can't play center and we wanted to get gritter with Malhotra and Hansen, so not on the 3rd either, and he just doesn't work on the 4th line, plus he has a 1 way deal, so he would have been waive and claimed by NYI and we would have got NOTHING in return.
And I don't think any of those players could play with the Sedins like Kassian can, part of the reason it is so successful is because of Kassian's size and power, you would think just anyone could play there but it isn't the case. Cody is the least likely as he would be pushed around and he is a playmaker not a finisher anyways, Grabner and Shiro might work but niether bring the strength and power Kassian does, or the grit and hockey sense that Burrows does.
Not just anyone works with them, and now I would like to hear how you think Grabs and Cody could have worked here.
Edited by Smashian Kassian, 25 January 2013 - 12:16 AM.