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You may be right, but then again, he has the same amount of points as Daniel, and more goals.
At this point, it's easy to say the trade was dumb and management mishandled Hodgson.
Unless he's a one-hit wonder (like Grabner), I see we just traded away a NHL ready centerman.
Regardless how Kassian eventually pans out in a few years,
we gave up good talent while our Cup window is closing.
I do believe players should earn their role, but considering how well he's doing when given patience and ice-time,
it seems like he did earn more time than he deserved, and it was AV (or management) that fucked things up.
And please... he's almost ppg right now.
Picking on his +/-'s is like complaining about the hot chick with a "pointy elbow".
I'm not saying defense/backchecking isn't important. It very so is.
But to use just that to justify Canucks giving away good talent is ridiculous.
I'm totally in agreement that Coho would be a pretty damn good fit right now, for our needs. No doubt he's NHL ready, even last season, don't think anybody is arguing that. But that would mean that Coho would have wanted to stick around and play 3rd string behind Hank and Kesler.
If he knew that Kesler was going to be out for most of this season and that he would have had his chance as #2 center, do you think he would have still bitched out on us? Because in no world would he have gotten play time ahead of Hank and Kesler, he (still on his entry level contract remember) probably understood that and saw no future for himself. Instead of sticking it out and earning his minutes (think what Jordan Staal was 'putting up with' playing behind Crosby and Malkin for 5+ years), he wanted out
Well... if you compare the two hits.
Edler actually made a "hit" with shoulder contact.
Kane looked like he tried to avoid Smith and hopped over, pretty much dodging him altogether.
It seems like he might have "unintentionally" kneed Smith in the back of the leg upon contact and unfortunately landed on Smith.
But not much more Kane could have done in that situation to ease up on the collision.
It didn't look like a malicious intent to hit Smith at any point in that play.
When you compare the two plays from a third POV, it's easy to say Edler's incident was worse.
I don't agree with how Lucic didn't get any penalty/suspension for his hit on Miller.
But I think hitting a charging goalie from a puck race is looked at differently than hitting a goalie along the boards.