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Cody Hodgson’s agent takes to Twitter to deny trade request, confuses issue further

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ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 01: Cody Hodgson #39 of the Vancouver Canucks controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on October 1, 2010 in Anaheim, California. Vancouver won 4-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre thinks Cody Hodgson’s agent, Ritch Winter, doth protest too much about claims his client asked to be traded by the Canucks.

Call me a cynic - Okay, take a number to call me a cynic - but the more agent Ritch Winter denies on Twitter that he asked for a trade for Cody Hodgson, the more I believe there’s fire in all that billowing smoke engulfing the 22-year-old’s did-he-or-didn’t-he exit from the Vancouver Canucks.

In case you don’t follow @hockeyagentdad, here’s what Winter tweeted yesterday:


Along those same lines, here’s what he tweeted today:


(Note: Mike = Canucks GM Mike Gillis)

But here’s where it gets curious -- Winter also tweeted that Hodgson “had a great meeting” with Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday. Just one problem with that assertion -- Vigneault says there was no meeting.

“We played Friday in Jersey, we flew Friday to Dallas and had an afternoon game on Sunday in Dallas, so I definitely didn’t meet anybody Saturday,” said Vigneault. “That being said, Cody is now gone and we’re going to wish him the best of luck and we really hope it works out for him.”

And when Winter was pressed on it by Jim Jamieson of The Province?


Anyway, it’s all very strange. Combine the above with Gillis’ reluctance to comment and, well, it should be fun when Hodgson and the Sabres are in town Saturday.