Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Cody McCormick (8) before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

A Season In Review: Cody McCormick

Feb 8, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Cody McCormick (8) fight at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Bruins 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Cody McCormick is on the Sabre’s roster to play in a similar role as Rob Ray and Andrew Peters did for Lindy in the past. Enforcer is an unofficial role in ice hockey. The term is sometimes used synonymously with “fighter”, “tough guy”, or “goon”. An enforcer’s job is to deter and respond to dirty or violent play by the opposition. When such play occurs, the enforcer is expected to respond aggressively, by fighting or checking the offender. Enforcers are expected to react particularly harshly to violence against star players or goalies. But, unlike Ray and Peters, Cody doesn’t fit the exact mold of an enforcer. He is more of an enforcer for the new style of play in the NHL. With the role of the goon gone by the wayside due to the Instigator Rule(46.11). Cody is 6’3” 212lbs. His job is to protect the stars and intimidate the opponents.

In 2011-12, Cody’s second season with the Sabres, he scored 1 goal and 3 assists in 50 games, compared to last years surprising 8 goals and 12 assists. The biggest numbers to be concerned about are the 142 penalty minutes accrued last season compared to the off pace 56 penalty minutes this season. McCormick has two more years on his current deal at a cap hit of $1.2 million.

He is a solid role player and will continue to see limited minutes on the 4th line. There is no reason not to expect him to be lining up at center, he is a Lindy Ruff type of player. He plays hard and works hard. He does what he is told and does what he needs to do. He is the kind of player Lindy likes to keep on his team, Lindy always likes to keep one of these types of guys on his team like Ray and Peters. Cody is one of those kind of guys, whom exist on every team, who are easily replaceable. But unless the Sabres go into free agency and sign another bruiser, Cody will suit up for another year on the checking line. Let’s just hope he can return to his play from last season where he could be considered a possible offensive threat on a line that isn’t expected to score.

Next is #9 Derek Roy

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