I don't think Kassian will be a bad player at all, he has good hockey sense, he can hit, and fight and play a power forward role. Personally if I had to chose between the 2, especially if I had my tougher grinder guys on my 3rd and 4th lines I would go after Hodgson for the offensive power, I want my team to score, especially for playoffs.
The reason why I didn't like this trade was because of the timing. This trade was supposedly going to help our team for a cup run, which clearly wasn't the case. Hodgson was exactly what this team needed going into the playoffs, a player who was able to generate scoring opportunities and get that secondary scoring, in which the Canucks lack come playoffs. All the Canucks needed to do was go after a Steve Ott type player for the playoffs and that was it, not make a move like that which just killed our secondary scoring, and especially when knowing your 2nd line center is injured and will most likely not have a chance at being our secondary scoring.
Well if we wanna keep winning President's trophies and be a high scoring team, sure we should have kept Hodgson.
If we wanna add pieces that will help us adapt our game in the playoffs, then Kassian is the clear choice.
How many times do we have to go into the playoffs with undersized skilled players before we realize that you can't win in the playoffs without size and grit?
Hodgson would not have made a difference for us, contrary to what some people may argue. Sure he may of scored a goal or two in that series, but that also comes with his lack of defensive play, which the big forwards on the kings would have feasted on. To think that a player who scored at a .5 ppg pace was all of a sudden going to carry this team through Kesler's injury is just silly.
No Daniel, lack of solid defensive play, and no clear number 1 goalie going into the playoffs is what killed this team. Trading Hodgson is just an excuse for people looking to blame something. The Kings were just a better team than us those playoffs, and they would have been with or without Hodgson. I make this trade every day of the week, because there's no guarantee Kassian would have been available later.
Edited by DeNiro, 06 February 2013 - 03:08 AM.