Certainly not always true. A kid in a room full of veterans doesn't become a distraction. Maybe if it was Kesler who was asking for a trade it could be. There was no indication at all from Hodgson's play on the ice or demeanour off of it that the way he was treated was going to affect his attitude. Even after he was traded, and Gillis took a few potshots at him, he still refused to badmouth the team, I believe his line was "I'd rather just take the high road" when given the chance to fire back.
Trade value doesn't matter when you don't intend to trade someone. Cody should've been a franchise type of player, he certainly has the talent. You don't trade away guys like that. You just watch, Buffalo won't be as stupid. Personally I fail to understand why Zack Stojanov gets so much more icetime than Cody ever got in Vancouver, despite the fact that Fatassian clearly sucks and provides little that Volpatti and now Sestito couldn't.
Why would you want a player that doesn't wanna be here?
It went way beyond just getting ice time. The relationship between management and coaching was severed a long time before that. People in the media predicted that he wouldn't re-sign here long before that happened.
It becomes a distraction to the coaches and GM when the player is constantly getting his agent/dad to question managements decision.
There's an unwritten rule in hockey, that when a player requests a trade, you respect that wish. You never see someone forced to stay with a team after they've requested a trade.
Edited by DeNiro, 09 March 2013 - 03:40 PM.