Everybody talks about Hodgson by taking Gillis' words at face value. When have you EVER heard anything negative said by Hodgson even after being thrown under the bus by AV and MG?
Hodgson has been touted as captain material at EVERY stage of his career. Characters like that don't all of a sudden change overnight especially when he's only a rookie/sophmore in the NHL who hasnt proven anything yet.
If he had that kind of selfishness, it would have come out by the time he was eligible for the draft. Up until the trade, all we heard were positive things about Hodgson.
My guess is that MG made the move and then realized he might have goofed. He then thought of the best way to save face. I'm sure Hodgson's dad has called MG previously regarding his son's career but really, is that THAT big of a deal?
Hodgson himself was not the problem so you dont just throw away an asset.
I like Kassian but in all reality, Hodgson has a higher ceiling and we could definitely use him now.
But my point is, if AV treated Hodgson better from the beginning, maybe the phone calls from Dad would not have been as frequent. Yeah I admit it's abnormal that a father calls the GM of a hockey club but at the same time, if he knows his son is going to be a star but sees a dumbass coach railroading his kids career, it might be difficult to sit and watch.
It's kind of like how we complain about AV and his poor choices but imagine that AV's making the poor choices with your son (who has succeeded at every level of hockey) and you had the GM's phone number lol...
Well said. And true.
It's conceivable that the general public will truly never know the ins and outs of what transpired behind the scenes that lead to the Hodgson trade away, but we do know a few things...
1) the only people who have known/worked with him and who have bashed him, are those who traded him away
2) AV and MG are only human, and it's simply not unheard of for humans to rationalize their own decisions (good or bad) by finding fault with the other party after the fact (see: breakup of marriages and friendships, firings of long term employees, conflicts between life-long business partners, etc.)
3) Hodgson expressed only surprise, if not a shock equal to what media and fans expressed, upon learning he was traded (so kinda hard to imagine he wanted out of Vanc., much less asked for a trade, as many fans have since claimed on the basis of nothing)
4) At no time before or after the trade did Hodgson ever behave or talk in any way that was less than that of a professional young athlete (ie: there are no photos, first hand accounts, or verified quotes of the kid ever expressing a "primmadonna" attitude - it's simply been implied by AV/MG after the fact, and repeated so many times by fans and media alike that it sounds like a "fact")
5) By all accounts, Hodgson's current coaching staff and teammates don't have any problems with him either, and in fact he's spoken of highly (ie: linemates Vanek and Pomminville have credited him for their success as line, etc.), and yet if the claims that this kid demanded more ice-time, etc. were true, you'd expect he'd be even MORE of a "primaddona" post-trade (ie: like rewarding a toddler for bad behaviour only serves to teach the toddler to continue to act up).
6) Other claims, such as that Hodgson is a "defensive liability" with offensive potential only if "sheltered", have been entirely debunked by the kid's performance since (consistently producing offense when put in any game situation and up against top lines/defense, steadily improving two-way game, one of the regulars on the PK, etc.), such suggests that other claims made by AV/MG (and media and fans since the trade) may be equally misplaced if not outright untrue.
But all that aside, going back to the thread's actual subject - yeah, I'd vote for it being time for a new coach. Not because of Hodgson or the subsequent Hodgson trade, but because of what that whole saga flags out about how players are generally managed under the current regime...
Hodgson hasn't debunked the claims against his game simply by being some sorta awesome superstar, but by being given a chance to develop game after game. His defensive game has steadily improved this season because he's been given a chance to gain the experience needed to get better. He's not benched for every mistake, trying to play under fear of being humiliated by a public "call out", or left not knowing his role such that he's running around in circles chasing useless hits to prove he can be another grinder as a means to stay out of the press box, etc. Can't say the same for Kassian, Grabner, Ballard, Schroeder, etc.
Yep, I'd vote to change the coach - and the GM, who has systematically failed to inject, find and/or otherwise sign some youth to replace the generation lost under AV's tenure. Gillis claimed to want to model the Canucks after Detroit, lol. Sigh.