Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/5/12
Wolfgang Amadeus Gragnani Quick what happened last Monday? I can’t actually hear you but I’m assuming you said the Canucks traded Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian, though you should never assume because it makes an ass out of you, especially when you got the trade wrong. Alex Sulzer, who you forgot existed until 3:30 pm Monday, was also shipped out in the deal for Marc-Andre Gragnani. We can’t pretend Hodgson for Kasssian was a straight one-for-one deal because otherwise Buffalo gets fleeced in the defender swap. By virtue of actually playing on Saturday, Gragnani has already surpassed Sulzer’s contributions to the team this year. In fact his blatant disregard for the basic concept of traditional positioning, especially on the powerplay, has made him down-right intriguing. Who is this mystery defenceman that won’t be chained down and why has Alain Vigneault not murdered him between giggle fits? Well for un he’s Quebecios, so he knows the secret handshake. For deux, his Junior coach wa...
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