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Hodgson: my dad never called the Canucks

Oct 15, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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Cody Hodgson wants to make something clear — his dad wasn’t constantly calling up the Canucks to complain about things like his son’s ice time prior to the trade that sent the young center from Vancouver to Buffalo at the 2012 deadline.

“I’ve been hearing all this stuff about my dad being involved with the team and making calls to the team and I wanted to tell everyone that my dad had nothing to do with it,” said Hodgson, per The Province. “This isn’t Pee Wee hockey where the dad can call up the coach and interfere with what’s going on. This is professional hockey and that sort of thing doesn’t happen. He never called the team. You just can’t do that. That’s been bothering me for a long time and I want to clear that up. I’m not sure where all of that got started, but my agent (Ritch Winter) handled the stuff with the team.”

The Hodgson trade is still a sore point for many Vancouver hockey fans, as Zack Kassian — the main asset the Canucks got in return from the Sabres — has only shown flashes of potential as a power forward since the deal. Not to mention, the third-line center spot remains a significant question mark. And certainly the team could use another play-maker up front given Ryan Kesler‘s offensive struggles.

At any rate, we have to believe Canucks fans will remain skeptical about Hodgson’s dad’s role in both the trade and the preceding breakdown in relationship between club and player. Even if his dad wasn’t the one calling up the team, was he directing Winter to call about anything?

“Some day I’ll talk about my time in Vancouver, but not right now,” said Hodgson.

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  1. elvispocomo - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I don’t think his dad was phoning the team, but was likely largely involved in Cody’s decisions to switch between the several agents, and then was likely also fairly clear on the expectations he had for Cody with each of those agents which led to Winter pushing the agenda for and with Cody. I also maintain Cody’s assertion that he wasn’t pushing for ice time to be true, even if he might have had a meeting to clarify his position with the team. The worst of what had happened was a direct result of Winter with probable indirect impetus from Cody’s father.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Agreed, someone was harassing MG and maybe it wasn’t his old man directly but someone kept on keeping on MG.why would MG trade the guy if he wasn’t being harassed all the time and having to deal with Cody issues?

      Secondly, A/V played favourites all the time with players.he could have given Cody time with Daniel and Kesler and put burrows and Henrik with Higgins or Hansen or both or whoever.Torts splits up the Sedins and gets two wins out of it, why couldn’t A/V do something like that?

      I still can’t get over A/V wanting to keep Raymond instead of Grabner.Raymond totally sucks despite what he may have you believe since going to Toronto.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Apparently from the 6 thumbs down I have so far people are thinking Gillis did it out of spite and for no reason at all from Hodgson’s (and his camp’s) side.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Separate comment for the last two paragraphs, but AV did split up the Twins at times, and did give Cody time on the second line (although not much with Kesler). People tried to knock AV for his line adjustments but he was the one that moved Burrows to the twins and tried to spark the team with line changes during games.

        I don’t know where you’re getting AV wanting to keep Raymond over Grabner either, since I’ve never heard that. As far as I know, it was Florida that wanted Grabner over Raymond and it’s completely possible the deal wouldn’t have gone through if we’d offered Raymond instead.

  2. canucks30 - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Cody Lindros

  3. imleftcoast - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    At the time of the trade, Kesler and the Henrik Sedin were ahead of him, and Hodgson maybe wouldn’t get enough ice time to develop to his full potential. Kesler needs to return to that form after a couple years of injuries, and provide secondary scoring. Kasian needs to have a good year, and Saturday was just his first game.

    With the benefit of hindsight, maybe Hodgson have been happy with the ice time if he were still in Vancouver. Vigneault seemed like he had some issue with him, and guys who weren’t his favorites didn’t get much ice time.

    • hosewater2 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      You’re onto something here…Hodgson was never going to be a 3rd line centre, wouldn’t accept the role that entails, so while you can argue with the return Gillis got, Cody couldn’t stay either.

      He is not a good defensive player no matter how you cut it, and your 3rd line C needs to fulfill that role.

  4. steverolley - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Another great move by Gillis.

  5. semiahmoowr - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Hodgson has the personality of a toilet seat. Nada. Total defensive liability too.

  6. bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Cody wasn.t totally upfront with the Canucks when he came to training camp and didn.t do well after he hurt his back while in training with Gagne. Said he was good to go and then when AV was going to send him back to the Moose he informed the team he still had a bad back. Not a 3rd line centre also cause he can.t skate and he is a defensive liability.

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