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Sabres lock up Hodgson for six years, $25.5M

Sep 11, 2013, 6:27 PM EST

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With training camps kicking in, several key restricted free agents are finally signing contracts. The difference between most of those deals and the one Cody Hodgson signed with the Buffalo Sabres is that the 23-year-old isn’t inking a “bridge” deal. Instead, as he confirmed via Vine, it’s a six-year pact.

The contract is worth $25 million overall, or $4.25 million per season, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington. The easiest comparison is the six-year, $24 million deal that Adam Henrique signed with the New Jersey Devils.

“We are extremely excited to have signed Cody to a long-term deal,” GM Darcy Regier said. “We feel he is going to be an important piece of our organization’s success in the future and look forward to watching him develop as a player.”

He played in all 48 regular seson games for Buffalo last season, averaging 18:24 minutes per night while scoring 34 points (the equivalent of 58 in an 82-game contest). While the future of key players such as Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller hangs in question, it appears that Hodgson will be a part of the foundation for years to come.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Good news for Sabres fans. Hodgson is an exciting, young talent. Now what will the future hold for Vanek?

    • kaptaanamerica - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Working out with Gary Roberts doesn’t improve your defensive skills.he’s one of the worst players in the league in terms of getting scored against.

  2. elemeno89 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    First I’m glad that we were able to sign him for any deal and I like to see him in a Sabres uniform. However, because we are in a rebuild, locking him for six years seems a bit silly, and I only say this because of the possibility of under performance. I saw the same issue six years ago, and the long term deals for constantly underperforming guys is the reason we are in the rebuild to begin with.

    With that said, if he maintains his performance like last year, then there will be no issue and I would be more than happy to put a sock in it. But there is a reason why RFAs get bridge deals, hopefully he can prove that he’s worth it…

  3. buffalo65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Good

  4. bufwin - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Sabres paid too much for him. Yes he has offensive talent I will give him that but, he lack of success in the faceoff circle is going to come back to haunt them. Especially in the defensive and offensive zones. That and his lack of defensive skills have too much money written all over it.

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Exactly. I’m not thrilled over this at all. I doubt whether he will develop into a player that we can say is a “steal” at $4.25 per season in the next six years.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I’m sure they are doing everything to move Vanek but I can’t imagine a team taking on the remaining salary.

  6. canucks30 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Vanek will be moved at the trade deadline for several young assets. They may need to eat some of his cap hit for this year though

    I like the Hodgson signing. He reminds me a little of former Sabre, Tim Connolly.

  7. rsmith1756 - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    IMO $4.25 per is a steal for Hodgson, You will see in the next couple years the yearly salaries go up with the cap going up, Just look at the Vanek deal, When he signed $7mil per was a lot of money but as the years went and the salary cap went up $7mil per was a more common contract. 6 years is a long time but we keep forgetting that we now have the luxary of a bottom-less pocket owner who is not afraid to pay a guy millions to be in the minors, but thats just worse case. Hodgson is committed to success as is evident with him training every summer with gary roberts, he will do what it takes to be the top center on this team and fulfill this contract

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I think it’s a good deal. $4.25M for Hodgson isn’t bad at all. By years 4 to 6 it will look like a total steal. Good work Buffalo!

    Would be funny to see the reaction if he signed that deal with Toronto. $4.2M for Bozak (who’s never had more than 50 points) was a massive overpayment, meanwhile $4.25 for Hodgson (who’s never had more than 40 points) is a steal. You have to laugh at the insane double standard that people put on Toronto sometimes.

    Anyways, can’t wait for the season to get going! Good Luck Sabre fans.

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