Cody, we hardly knew ya. Trade of Hodgson was a surprise and a risk.

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Cody Hodgson’s days in Vancouver are done. – Photo: Richard Lam/Getty Images

When I heard the news that Cody Hodgson had been traded, I can’t say I was genuinely shocked; disappointed would be more accurate. After patiently waiting as a fan for Hodgson to work his way through a back injury and a lack of ice time, this season saw the reward for that patience and perhaps a glimpse at the player the Canucks gave up today.

The depth on the Canucks had a lot to do with this trade. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler ahead of him, it was unlikely Hodgson would move up the depth chart in the near future. That depth issue alone could have been the fuel behind today’s move, but with a fan base that has seen few of its draft picks over the years really blossom into stars, you can excuse Canucks nation for being a little sad and somewhat skeptical today.

Zack Kassian may well prove to be a player himself. The 21 year old winger is big and strong but still finding his way in the NHL. He certainly adds some toughness to the lineup, but at the expense of Cody Hodgson’s offence, which isn’t expected to be countered by the addition of Samuel Pahlsson, a 34 year old defensive specialist. The Canucks may have been pushed around by the Bruins in last year’s finals, but they also had a problem scoring goals.

There is talk on the airwaves and online, speculation if you will, that Cody Hodgson or his representatives may have requested a deal. The Canucks of course are saying they don’t comment on internal matters, while Hodgson seemed genuinely stunned by the deal itself, besides expressing that it would be nice to be playing closer to home.

The jury is out on whether this was a good trade for the Canucks. Former Canucks coach Marc Crawford liked the deal saying that the Canucks addressed a need with the deal.

“Cody Hodgson is a better skill player than the skill player they brought back, but they need to be a playoff-style team,” Crawford said. “They’re going to have to play in very physical games in the playoffs. You need players like Samuel Pahlsson and Zack Kassian.”

Others, like Craig Button, thought the Canucks strayed from what makes them successful and pointed to a consistent cup contender in his reasoning.

“I’m not going to call the Vancouver Canucks losers, but when you have one series against the Boston Bruins (albeit an important one) continually in your mind and now you’re making moves based on that, I don’t like those types of moves. While Kassian is a big, strong winger, I think Hodgson is too good. The Detroit Red Wings never give up on their identity which is skill and competitiveness and Hodgson brings that,” Button said.

Hodgson’s progression with the Canucks was slowed by a back misdiagnosed back injury and his relationship with the team got odd to a bit of a rocky start. But it seemed as though all of that was behind both sides, and Hodgson was becoming the player the Canucks had hoped they had drafted. His name hadn’t really been mentioned in trade rumours leading up to the deadline.

So now Canucks fans sit and wait again, hoping that Zack Kassian develops into the player the Canucks think he can be for them.

They’ll also hope that the trade of offence for defence today will help them accomplish what they came within a game from doing last year.

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  1. OHYAHH says

    Craig Button is also the guy who released Martin St. Louis for nothing, traded Marc Savard for Ruslan Zainullan and traded JS Giguere for essentially Miika Elomo and a 4th round pick. Although, CoHo is easily the best player in this deal, I would still take anything Button says with a heavy grain of salt.

    • says

      I’m not a Button supporter, I just found that he made a very good point regarding the Red Wings. They retain their skilled talent and don’t change for anyone. The other side would argue what we saw against Boston last year needed to be addressed.

      I was becoming a big Coho fan, so I’m disappointed today, but I also understand why they did it.

  2. Desh sky says

    Button nailed it. Kassian is a good Player to have but good god he’s not a hodgson. Not even close to a fair trade. Why not get Ott who can score at that point or if it’s getting to expensive, stay with the great team you have? Kassian’s not going to stop a team from pushing the Sedins around. He’s not even going tO play on that line. The Canucks lost bc Thomas just had a phenomenal playoffs. He took a average playoff team and carried them. That wasn’t going to happen again. Add all our injuries (Kesler’s groin being the huge one in San Jose) and it isnt a surprise we were pushed around (namely and honestly the sedins).

    That’s another thing. It was the Sedins that got pushed around. The other lines did fine to well. How is kassian going tO change that?

    We beat them in bOston. We beat them in Detroit. We were beating them. Now we may have beaten ourselves.


  1. […] Tom Benjamin of had a great point on the Cody Hodgson/Zach Kassian swap. Although Hodgson did really well with the Canucks with a limited amount of ice time, his value really wouldn’t have gone much higher. Third line centers don’t typically score 60+ points — they simply don’t get that much ice time. The team would be lucky if they could squeeze out a couple of 20-goal seasons out of him. […]

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