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Cody Hodgson’s agent takes to Twitter to deny trade request, confuses issue further

Mar 1, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre thinks Cody Hodgson‘s agent, Ritch Winter, doth protest too much about claims his client asked to be traded by the Canucks.

Call me a cynic – Okay, take a number to call me a cynic – but the more agent Ritch Winter denies on Twitter that he asked for a trade for Cody Hodgson, the more I believe there’s fire in all that billowing smoke engulfing the 22-year-old’s did-he-or-didn’t-he exit from the Vancouver Canucks.

In case you don’t follow @hockeyagentdad, here’s what Winter tweeted yesterday:


Along those same lines, here’s what he tweeted today:


(Note: Mike = Canucks GM Mike Gillis)

But here’s where it gets curious — Winter also tweeted that Hodgson “had a great meeting” with Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday. Just one problem with that assertion — Vigneault says there was no meeting.

“We played Friday in Jersey, we flew Friday to Dallas and had an afternoon game on Sunday in Dallas, so I definitely didn’t meet anybody Saturday,” said Vigneault. “That being said, Cody is now gone and we’re going to wish him the best of luck and we really hope it works out for him.”

And when Winter was pressed on it by Jim Jamieson of The Province?


Anyway, it’s all very strange. Combine the above with Gillis’ reluctance to comment and, well, it should be fun when Hodgson and the Sabres are in town Saturday.

  1. hsnepts - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Over the last 3 years or so there’s been too many stories about alleged tensions between Winter and the nucks organization. This is really only the latest. Just a couple months ago there was Gallagher suggesting that Winter was talking to the nucks about Cody’s icetime. There’s never any evidence of course.

    It really could all just be speculation by the Vancouver media. You know – smoke but no fire. This is the Vancouver hockey media – I wouldn’t put it past them.

    Who knows?

    Anyways, my impression is that Cody is an innocent bystander here – just trying to play some hockey.

    Good luck in Buffalo kid – you won’t need it though, you’re a great player with or without my blessings.

    • kitshky - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Ya I agree, I think it’s pretty clear that there’s at least a little fire here. Whether its tension between Cody’s camp, or just his family, or the fact that there’s no room for him down the middle and the Canucks don’t think he can play the wing … its pretty obvious that Cody’s not pulling the strings.

      There’s issues here but its not like Buffalo’s getting a head case or an ego trip at all, it’s just one of those things that didn’t work out.

  2. itsallniceonice - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    In order to take the next step the Nucks need to fire AV. Pretty simple.

  3. goforthanddie - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Once again, agents should be seen and not heard, and preferably not seen either.

  4. velocirapist - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Cody is an incredible kid who could go a long way in this league. I really hope he doesn’t have a bunch of busy bodies meddling in his career and giving him terrible guidance. He’s a class act and really deserves to be successful.

    Also, holy hell is he fun to watch.

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