“Cody was something special…”
The conversation has been divided; as it usually is about anything in Canucks Nation.
Would you cheer if Cody Hodgson scored Saturday night? The guys on TEAM1040 kicked it around this morning with Jason Botchford saying you aren’t a true fan if you cheer for a Hodgson goal.
I have nothing against Jason Botchford; in fact, I absolutely love his writing in the Province and usually whatever he has to say on TEAM. However, his remarks today have inspired my game preview for Saturday night’s matchup between the Canucks and Sabres.
Don’t get me wrong; I think that campaign is genius and it has allowed the fans to get to know the players on a more intimate level.
Anyways, this caller was basically talking about how we all fell in love with Cody, not only because he was having an exceptional season but also because he displays most, if not all the characteristics of someone with the heart of a Canuck.
So now he’s a Sabre. Does that mean his heart now has yellow trim instead of green and we have to hate on him?
Jason Botchford also threw out the phrase, “Team before player.”
99% of the time, I will agree with that whole-heartedly.
This 1% though is rearing its ugly head Saturday night. Yes, there is an exception to EVERY rule. Oh and I say ugly because of how controversial it is.
I am one who believes Cody Hodgson did NOT ask for a trade and for that reason, I have not turned on him. He was my favourite player and that fact is not getting in the way of my true opinion here.
Now I should say before I go on any further that I am happy for the kid. He’s going to get more ice time and that’s action he deserves. I just believe there are better routes Gillis could have gone to fill that void of grit and toughness.
However, I completely disagree with this trade and at the same time I will give Gillis credit. He has seldom led this team down the wrong path. In fact, he may be the greatest GM in Canucks history. Key word: MAY.
My point being is that as much as I hate this trade for facts other than Cody being my favourite player, there is nothing I can do to bring him back.
There is one thing I can do though and that is letting management know how ticked off I am.
I can’t do that via twitter because Mike Gillis uses his twitter account less than Paul Bissonnette gets ice-time.
I CAN do this by cheering as loudly as I can for a Cody Hodgson goal Saturday night.
Just look at what’s happening in Toronto right now. During the game versus Chicago the other night, Leafs fans were chanting, “Fire Wilson.”
What happens Friday night? Brian Burke fires Wilson.
I’m not saying that Canucks fans cheering for a Cody Hodgson goal will get Gillis fired or SHOULD get Gillis fired, but he deserves to hear the voice of the people. Maybe that voice only represents 25%, 33% or 50% of the people, but I KNOW it’s a large portion.
The players take all the flak in this city when they don’t perform well and rightly so. Meanwhile, Mike Gillis is hiding in his war room and not facing the music save a cameo in Phoenix to explain his trades on Trade Deadline day.
So when the Canucks face the Sabres Saturday night at Rogers Arena and my pick for Rookie of the Season comes out on the ice and scores, regardless of the score at the time, I implore you, if you were a Hodgson fan; if you made that emotional connection; if you saw Linden-like leadership characteristics; if you saw a budding NHL super-star; to cheer for that goal.
Let Mike Gillis know you see Cam Neely in Buffalo right now.
Let him know he’s made a mistake and even though there’s no bringing Cody back, he deserves the flak he gets.
Oh and allow me to clarify.
This has absolutely nothing to do with and is nothing personal against Zack Kassian.
My reaction on Trade Deadline day when they announced the Canucks had acquired Kassian was that of excitement because I am aware of his prowess and potential.
When Bob McKenzie said, “Cody Hodgson is a Buffalo Sabre,” I said AWWW HELL NAAAH!
Even Thursday night, The Moj is on the TEAM1040 talking about how Kassian could be the biggest bargain in a couple years as he will still be under contract making 800K and change while Cody is an FA and demanding more money.
WHO CARES HOW MUCH MONEY YOU’RE SPENDING IF YOU HAVE A MUCH BETTER PLAYER?
EVEN after Elliott Pap’s grilling of Cody, I believe we have to give Cody the benefit of the doubt when it comes to speculation about whether or not he asked for a trade out of VanCity.
Zack Kassian does have so much upside to him and I believe he can be the player everyone is propping him up to be; a Milan Lucic; a Todd Bertuzzi; a Brendan Shanahan.
Cody was something special though and cheering for a goal he scores Saturday does not take away the TRUE CANUCKS FANDOM of any person.
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