Cody Hodgson has agreed to a six year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. The deal is worth $25.5 million, and will pay Hodgson $4.25 million a season. Hodgson was a restricted free agent, and signed the deal on Wednesday, the day before the Sabres open training camp.
Hodgson centered the top line for the Sabres last season and scored 15 goals and added 19 assists in all 48 regular season games. Hodgson’s 34 points were second on the team, behind only Thomas Vanek. He also was second on the team in goals, and third in assists.
It may have taken a while, but Hodgson is a good signing for the Sabres. They’re a struggling team, that needs all the help they can get in the midst of the rebuilding stages that the team is going through. They’re going to feel the growing pains, but you have to start somewhere and by resigning Hodgson, they can move into training camp and get ready for the season, and maybe continue pursuing a trade involving Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.
Hodgson was brought into Buffalo from Vancouver in a trade right before the 2012 trade deadline. He’s fit in well with the Sabres, and looks to build on last season. In a total of 139 career NHL games, Hodgson has 33 goals, and 42 assists for a total of 77 points. His points per game average jumped from .49 his rookie season to .71 this last year. He’s showing improvement and could be a very good player for the Sabres in the future. He’s been healthy and he’s been productive. If he can continue doing both, this is going to be a good contract for both parties.