Talk to Cody Hodgson about his life in the AHL, the lockout, travel, his past back injury or Buffalo, and he’s loose, and downright verbose.
Bring up the Canucks, and, well, he’d rather you not.
That — as he pointed out Friday not long after arriving in Abbotsford — is in the past.
But it’s also in his future. Because Hodgson will never escape the Canucks. That’s what happens when a NHL general manager paints you as a whining diva who can’t play defence, not long after he walks you out the door in a season in which the team was a favourite to win a Stanley Cup.
Hodgson is more comfortable now than a year ago. But that’s as obvious as it is predictable. He’s out of Vancouver.
“I had a great summer. Being off for four or five months, I could really go through the whole [Gary] Roberts program, and I had some time to rest and let everything heal and...