Cory Schneider is so accommodating he even ducked under our blue info banner. Thanks, buddy.
It’s hard not to think a little less of Cody Hodgson in the wake of agent Ritch Winter’s admission that the rookie centre’s camp was indeed pushing for more icetime prior to the trade deadline deal with Buffalo.
Sure, such requests may “happen all the time in the ordinary course,” as Winter suggests, and perhaps this whole icetime controversy ranks high on the molehill-to-mountain conversion scale, but the mere fact that these discussions have become public knowledge provides a stark contrast to the quiet servitude of Cory Schneider.
We suggested some time ago that Winter may have been fueling some of the Hodgson unrest, but we never for a second thought he’d come flailing out from behind the curtain like he did this past week. Shortly after Mike Gillis’s coyness regarding Hodgson’s desire to be moved, Winter took to Twitter to cure the confusion, only to wind up creating superconfusion. From Iain MacIntyre:
Winter, who refused by email an interview request and said he no longer talks to reporters, tweeted Wednesday: “For the record, Cody Hodgson did not ask for the trade. Like others, he had many meetings with his coaches on his role. Then trade. That’s it.”
But it wasn’t it, as Winter also said: “Team had different goals than Cody,” which means Hodgson had different goals than the team. In response to a fan’s question, Winter admitted: “Now we did ask for more ice time.”.
That deliciously muddy selection of quotes fed the news cycle right into the weekend and, considering this blog post is going up the following Tuesday, well beyond. What did Winter mean when he said the team’s goals were different from Cody’s? In what world could Hodgson, a rookie, have felt it was even appropriate for his goals to differ from the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners and Western Conference champions?
The whole saga paints a striking picture of a high-maintenance player, which is what Eric Francis claims spelled Cody’s end in Vancouver:
Those in Vancouver scratching their heads over the Cody Hodgson deal need to know a few things. Hodgson was a high-maintenance player, who was seen as a potential distraction in a room singularly focused on one thing — the Stanley Cup… The Canucks culture is one where players have sacrificed money and icetime to do what’s best for the team.
This isn’t intended to be a smear campaign against Hodgson, who may simply be suffering from an agent who could use a crash course in the social media he feels better represents him than the media (it doesn’t). But Hodgson’s attitude, at least as it’s now been presented to us, is pretty glaring, especially when contrasted with fellow glass ceiling-banger Cory Schneider, whose relationship with the Canucks is the epitome of low-maintenance.
Like Hodgson, Schneider is a former first round pick and, at 25, he’s 4 years older. At that age, he has even more reason to be feeling impatient about when his star turn will come. Provided he plays until he’s 35, which itself is no guarantee, his professional career is already one-third through. And, like Hodgson, considering the depth chart in Vancouver, he’s never going to get beyond role player status unless a core player is moved out.
Yet, even with a year’s head start on Hodgson, we’ve never heard a word of discontent from Schneider’s camp.
(Of course, according to Winter, we may not have actually heard what we heard regarding Hodgson either, because he neither did nor didn’t say the things he went on the record as saying. And then not saying. I heard he wears a newspaper pirate hat at all times, although he’s officially not speaking to the media — except for when he does — so I can’t verify or refute that. I guess I’ll have to wait until he inadvertently tweets a photo, then denies he did so.)
By remaining quiet and employing an agent sage enough to do the same, Schneider has afforded the Canucks the luxury of being unbelievably patient with him. Gillis has taken full advantage of this luxury for years too, standing pat and rebuffing calls to trade the young goaltender when his value was supposedly at its highest. And if it wasn’t enough to afford such patience, Schneider has also rewarded it, playing well enough to spike his value all the more.
As I said last week, Schneider would be a desirable upgrade to nearly half of the NHL’s teams, and the market for his services just keeps growing. One assumes the way he’s handled his dealings with the Canucks organization factors into that as well.Tags: beating this trade to death, Cody Hodgson, Cory Schneider, ritch winter, trade deadline, turns out AV may have hated Hodgson after all, When Twitter is a regrettable medium