Mar 12, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) before a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
At his end of the year press conference, Mike Gillis took a few parting shots at Cody Hodgson, saying:
"I spent more time on Cody's issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years."
So Gary Roberts..a friend and trainer of Hodgson decided to step up to the plate so to speak, and give a rebuttal.
"I listened to Mike Gillis the other day," Roberts said by phone over the weekend, "and my impression was, 'Are you kidding me?'
"If anybody knew this kid, this young man, to know what he went through mentally and physically for two summers trying to find out what the heck was wrong with him -- of course they dealt with his issues more than anybody else in the organization because he was injured and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with him.
"It almost was like they thought he didn't want to work. Well, I can tell you that this kid out of all the kids that I train, he's up there in the [Steven] Stamkos group as far as commitment and determination. What I tell him, he does, so I know he's coachable and I love working with him."
"I talked to Cody after this came out with Gillis," Roberts said. "I know he's on vacation, and I said, 'Hey, I know you went through a lot of stress. How are you feeling about some of those comments?' He said, 'Gary, I've dealt with a lot of stuff there in the last three years, and I'm just going to take the high road.'
"For me, I'd like to be the guy that looks at Mike Gillis and says, 'You're a moron.' It doesn't really do anybody any good other than the fact that Mike Gillis looks like, as they say on TSN, a dud."
Source: BuffaloNews.com. Check it out. There are more quotes there.
So there you have it. Two sides to every coin. Maybe Mike Gillis should have taken the high road on his Hodgson comments. He was obviously frustrated. We heard stories of Cody's father and agent badgering Gillis for more playing time. But then again...maybe Roberts should have taken the high road too. Man..it was a terrible marriage, wasn't it? And now, really, Mike Gillis may have hurt his own reputation by saying what he said.