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Sabres talking short- and long-term deal with Hodgson

Sep 11, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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Unlike the Maple Leafs were with Nazem Kadri and the Rangers still apparently are with Derek Stepan, the Buffalo Sabres seem open to the idea of giving Cody Hodgson a long-term contract.

Hodgson, 23, is a restricted free agent. And according to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, both short- and long-term deals have been discussed (per John Vogl at the Buffalo News) during negotiations.

Hodgson had 34 points in 48 games last season, second to only Thomas Vanek‘s 41 points for the Sabres.

If there’s a comparable long-term contract to look at, it may be Adam Henrique‘s six-year, $24 million deal with the Devils. Hodgson, however, might prefer to sign a shorter, cheaper bridge deal, then go for the home run in a year or two.

Whatever length of deal ends up being struck, Regier reportedly sounded optimistic today that one would be done soon.

  1. bullwinkle88 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Trade him and Stafford for Stepan. Both teams would benefit.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I’m sure Cody would love to end up in Alain Vigneault’s shadow again. One game getting lit up in his own zone like he did with Buffalo all year long and he’d be stapled to the bench.

      Nevermind the Rangers cap situation in all of this..

  2. elemeno89 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    You seem to know a lot about hockey!

  3. warchief65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Hmm . I’d like to see a short contract with Cody . Then see what happens .

  4. larru113 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Cody NEEDS to improve his defense before he becomes a complete player. A one-way hockey-player don’t last in the NHL especially with the better teams. Vanek is in the same category…..neither of them know the meaning of two-way hockey.
    Trade them both…..and build around the younger talent.

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