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Cody Hodgson still isn’t saying whether he asked to be traded or not

Mar 3, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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Ever since Cody Hodgson was dealt from Vancouver to Buffalo, the question has been about whether or not Hodgson asked to be traded. Hodgson’s agent Ritch Winter has been saying that Hodgson never asked to be moved, albeit in confusing ways at times, and Hodgson himself seemed stunned that he was moved.

With the Sabres in Vancouver to take on the Canucks tonight, it makes for an awkward reunion and one where Hodgson had to make it very clear that what happened at the deadline was not thanks to his doing. Well, as clear as he could anyhow. John Vogl of The Buffalo News has the details.

“Like I told many guys beforehand, I was as shocked as anybody,” Hodgson said. “But I don’t want to go back. Even when I played here the whole time I never went back and thought of readdressing old issues and that kind of stuff. I just wanted to go play, and that’s what I want to do now. I’ve got a new team with Buffalo and good guys, and hopefully things will work out.”

Why would he want to go back? Aside from that whole “make a run at the Stanley Cup” thing Vancouver has going for them, Hodgson is playing in Buffalo’s top six and getting a ton of ice time (average of 17:08 in his two games).

Compare that to Vancouver where he was playing on the third line and averaging just over 12 minutes a game. Add to it that they already seem to love Hodgson in Buffalo, and it makes a ton of sense for him. Maybe now this story can fade away. All bets are off though if Hodgson scores the game-winner tonight.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM


    There’s absolutely no question about the fact that this fine young man was abused by the Canucks organization from the very start … simply no two ways about it. In fact, listening to the Canucks give “their” side of the story, is almost like listening the likes of Berlin Betty or Tokyo Rose ! … complete and utter nonsense. At any rate, God sure does act in mysterious ways at times, eh ? … but he “always” makes things right in the end. So isn’t it ironic that tonight, this fine young man will be afforded the opportunity to really “give it” to the mafia-owned Canucks and the blood-thirsty hordes who support them ! Have a great game tonight Cody ! :)

    • monstercheez - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Nice try, Ritch Winter.

      • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        let’s see if “Elaine” and company are giggling after tonight’s game, eh ?

  2. mgspike - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    This article assumes that Cody did not ask for a trade. Poor journalism. Cody had a stock answer for that question which makes me believe he or his agent did in fact ask for a trade. In my opinion he cares more about himself and potential earnings than he did about winning a cup. The organization did to mistreat him, they were doing what was best for the team as he recovered from injury and could not beat out Kesler or Sedin as a top 2 centre. He needed to be traded. He’ll do well in buffalo and the Canucks will be just fine with Pahlsson and Kassian.

    • Joe Yerdon - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      I’ve cleaned things up a bit to make it clearer.

    • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      “He needed to be traded” …

      where have we heard that before ? … oh right , here on our local “house” radio ! … that’s right friends … every since Monday, the Canucks management and their serfs in the locally-controlled “Aquilini” media, have been working overtime in an attempt to convince the people that Hodgson “need to be traded” … and in the same breath, they’re also trying to argue that “Kassian” and these other C-grade stiffs are supposed to be the “key” to winning the Stanley Cup … it truly amazing and yet I do find this stuff to be very amusing …

  3. buffalomafia - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    He will leave Buffalo in April because nobody wants to play here!

  4. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Good for Cody- just shows that Vancouver didn’t know what they had. With improved ice time in a true scorer’s role, he should flourish.

    Or he could flounder like most of the rest of the time.

  5. mgspike - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Nicely done changing the headline. Thanks for the article on this. I find it interesting as a Canucks fan and fan of Cody hodgson. I’m thinking the truth will come out in the next week or so after he plays in Vancouver tonight, so he’s saved of any bad reaction by the crowd. The Canucks did know what they had, a soft but talented 3rd line centre who wanted to be traded… Don’t underestimate what Kassian can become. It’s not easy to find a talented power forward and the Canucks are one of the deepest teams at centre.

  6. rainyday56 - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    This whole “did Cody ask to be traded” story is just a big smokescreen purpetrated by the Canucks brass to avoid the real burning question: who drove Cody to the airport?

  7. ikillchicken - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Don’t even care at this point. Kassian has looked great the last two games. Whether he asked for a trade or not this was a good move for the Canucks.

    • kitshky - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Exactly. They gave up a valuable asset, but they were also dealing from a position of wealth. They could afford to give up something that most teams couldnt, to get an element that not only wasnt in their lineup … it wasnt in their system at all.

      Good call all round, it looks like it will be a trade that will benefit both teams … and … that “blomfeld” clown is right idiot sometimes.

      • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        Live update from Bloomberg Sports: SABRES 3, CANUCKS 1 … @ 0840 pst

        Sorry friend, be we LA Kings fans don’t insult people … instead, we prefer to retort with fact. The bottom line to all of this Hodgson business is really quite simple. Your giggling, fur-trapping, coach “Elaine” had it in for the young man from day one … no two ways about it. And as callous and childish as that may sound, there was never anything more to it than that. Well now young Cody will have his vengeance and it will come at the expense of those who sought to do him wrong.

        ps: just got in here and I see that Luongo isn’t playing ? … I thought he was supposed to start tonight ? … would you mind bringing me up to speed here and let me know what happened to the overpaid Michelin Man ? …. thanks :)

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:54 AM

        sorry friends, as I’m a stickler for accuracy … the time for the above Bloomberg Sports report was meant to read at “2040 hrs” pst :)

      • warpstonebc - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:45 AM

        LMAO at Blomfeld.who should probably wait until a game is completely over before talking smack.

        Kassian finished with 1G/1A and a bunch of hits in a losing effort.

        That’s exactly two points more than Hodgson, but also a bucket-load of actual impact on the game no matter what line he played on.

        Cody’s gonna be a good center in this league. But he’s a peripheral player most of the time. Sometimes he scores, otherwise, you would barely know he’s there.compared to Kassian. Currently, I’m not sure you can credit Hodgson with doing much besides distracting opponents away from his linemates in the last three games.

        Meanwhile, you always know when Kassian is on the ice and while he may never make the same offensive impact, his defensive skills have already proven better than Hodgson’s.

        Good trade so far. Even better when the Canucks get into the playoffs.

        Hodgson will probably be great for improving the Sabres regular season record.

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Smoke and Mirrors …

        it was interesting last night, how Aquilini Investments successfully managed to get the Canuckle sheep to focus their attention entirely on Kassian and Pillsman, while no mention was made of the so-called “big guns” and their complete and utter non-performance ?

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