The term “Cody Hodgson’ing” refers to the idea that the Vancouver Canucks put Hodgson in a position to have success at the NHL level…but only when they were trying to trade him (they eventually turned him into Zack Kassian in a swap with Buffalo). You play a guy with some good players, give him more starts in the offensive end, chuck him some PP time, and watch his stats inflate beyond what they would actually be if given regular usage, then you shop him saying “LOOK HOW GOOD HE IS.” Thomas Drance has done a lot of the leg work on Hodgson, the Canucks, and this concept (you can read his original post on it here, and his follow up with hindsight here).

Welp, methinks the Canucks are at it again, this time with goaltender Roberto Luongo, who they’ve not-so-subtly been trying to move.

Here’s Vancouver Sun writer Elliott Pap on the case:

 


We know we can’t take what a coach has to say in a situation like this too seriously, because what, he’s going to say “we’re trying to get him rock-solid stats so we can justify getting more in a trade for him?” Nnnnno.

The fact is, sometimes teams have a pretty good idea when they’re not up against their toughest foe. Tonight the Canucks are at home, playing the 2-3-0 Avs (I know the Canucks record isn’t much better, but don’t kid yourself) who just happen to be without their captain Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly, and Steve Downie. Well, at least concentrate on the first two.

Either way, the Avs don’t seem to present a huge offensive threat tonight, so it’s a perfect time to let Lu make some more stops and improve on his 2.21 goals against and .917 save percentage. Also, 1-0-2 looks a lot better than 0-0-2. He’s been great for a long time, but it can’t hurt to show folks that the guy’s still got it.

If true, this should piss off Colorado a great deal, but an under-talented team can rarely find the energy to somehow topple a better team.

And I realize Luongo’s previous two games weren’t against completely “lesser” teams, but this is crunch time for a deal to be made, especially given the ‘Nucks slow start, and need for quality bodies.

Obviously this is entirely speculation, but why not give an easier game to the guy you’re trying to justify as your new starter, Cory Schneider? The most logical answer to me is because you’re trying to improve your odds of getting a good return for your other guy.

There are internal things and we’ll just leave it at that.” – Alain Vigneault

Indeed.