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Was Mike Gillis Wrong About Hodgson?

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Gary Roberts knows Cody Hodgson well. The retired 22-year veteran of the NHL has seen Hodgson try to train through a debilitating injury. Roberts has seen his young son take to Hodgson, and he watched the center respond by having daily lunches with the 4-year-old boy on Roberts’ patio. Roberts has seen the drive and desire Hodgson has to be a successful hockey player.

With all Roberts has seen, he couldn’t believe his ears.

While recapping the trade that made Hodgson a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver General Manager Mike Gillis essentially said last week he was glad to be rid of the center.

“I spent more time on Cody’s issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years,” Gillis said.

Roberts was flabbergasted.

“I listened to Mike Gillis the other day,” Roberts said by phone over the weekend, “and my impression was, ‘Are you kidding me?’

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  Tags: cody+hodgson, gary+roberts

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Gillis didn’t say it out explicitly, but words in Vancouver are that it’s not the player himself. His father and the agent constantly complained about the lack of ice time.  Gary Roberts would not have to handle any of that in the summer.

Posted by Kel on 04/30/12 at 01:57 PM ET

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Agreed Kel.

Also, with Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler ahead of him at the centre position, there was no way that Hodgson was going to be able to properly develop as an NHL player. He can play offence, but not defence, and that can be problematic if he is the third line centre.

Posted by Mike from Toronto on 04/30/12 at 04:07 PM ET

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