I also find it funny how your continued response is that MG didn't say it point blank in the exact words you would like to here so it didn't happen.
Then when I bring up the fact that Cody point blank dodged the question a number of times (Which 100% hints he asked for a trade, and that he just doesn't want to admit it) you can make up some excuse for it.
Thats fine. Cody didn't want to be here, it is clear as day. And if you don't believe it just think about what would have happened had we not traded him. The issues would only continue and if we didn't trade him he would have made the RFA process a disaster and held out, or made it known that he wanted a trade.
Sadly i think of it all the time. I think about how it gutted the team last year at the deadline killing our secondary offence and second unit powerplay right before a playoff run. I think about how we just gave away two players in two years that were contending for the calder on a team that struggles for offense after the twins. Replacing that rookie with an old shut down centre even though we had a selke winning centre on our roster. I think about how that young rookie got continually demoted for success as this coach is want to do while kesler seems to get a pass because he was good 3 years ago. How all the talk of merit and playing those that give the best chance to win is total bs. An injured ineffective kesler continues to play on the second line no matter how bad he is and no matter how good someone else plays. I think about how Cody should have supplanted Kesler last year if actually by merit.. and this year we would not be screaming for centres. We would not be talking about giving away our best trade asset in years (lu/corey) for yet another 3rd line centre if we hadn't have ditched our first round, calder candidate first line young centre that is scoring the same as the twins this year on a far far worse team. I think about two to three years from now when the twins need to start stepping back into a secondary role, who we have to centre and run this team, because it isn't kesler both on ability, character or health.
That's really all there is too it, we have to move on.
I'm sure zack will be a good player, he's big, mean, has good hands and can actually make some plays.. but cody already is good, he was last year too. the writing was on the wall with kesler, there should have been no worries about playing behind him because it was clear he is not dependable for offence or to even be in the lineup.
I had very high hopes for MG .. but the last 3 seasons or so he has made this team worse. He's given away our offensive prospects and added noting of value in return. He's made miscalculated move after miscalculated move often at the expense of young talented cheap players and large long contracts for vets that don't produce. He's bad mouthed players who's reputations everywhere else are stellar (Bmo, Cody) and made some moves that leave the impression of something shady whether true or not (manny) . Its not time to move on. People in this organization need to be held to account for how they have hurt the team over the last 2 or more seasons.. Gillis and AV have large parts to shoulder in that regards.. we are a team on teh decline and have alienated and traded away the future pieces we should have had. Kassian might end up being bertuzzi but you dont' build a team around bertuzzi.