Given the season that Hodgson had last year – is he looking for a way to get out of the Buffalo Sabres organization? I haven’t been too high on the Buffalo team lately, given the fact that I don’t agree with the fact that Darcy Regier is still in charge of the hockey department.
Hell, even my mom, who raised me on Blue and Gold and never misses a game – has talked about boycotting the organization until Regier is gone. But has his finesse with this organization gotten into the heads of some of the players that can get out if they get a chance? We know Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek are being shopped, and that it is highly unlikely that they will be out of town during the upcoming season.
Does Cody Hodgson not want to be a part of the rebuild?
I am not pretending to be privy to what conversation or message that Regier left with Hodgson’s agent – but if an offer was left, or Regier hinted at offering Hodgson only the prerequisite contract for one year to keep him in Buffalo – is Hodgson holding out hope for an offer sheet or a better deal from the Buffalo Sabres?
Depending on the offer sheet, the Buffalo Sabres will most likely match whatever offer is given to Cody Hodgson – and we could see the same type situation plays out that we did with Colorado and Ryan O’Reilly from last season.
The fact that the Buffalo Sabres are trying to get younger shouldn’t be lost on Hodgson – he is still a young up and coming center in the National Hockey League, but the fact that Steve Ott, Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons, and Tyler Ennis have all got a shot at a center position at training camp, Hodgson could be waiting for some guarantee from the Buffalo Sabres that he has a solid standing with the team, and won’t be fighting for minutes on a team struggling to find an identity.
Sure Ott and Ennis can get thrown back over to the wing and be just as effective if not more – but is Hodgson or his agent not calling Darcy back because they don’t feel that Buffalo is the future for Hodgson? If that’s the case, take the one year deal from Buffalo and hit free agency next year. Given the ice time, it would not be hard for Hodgson to stand out amongst his Blue and Gold peers in the 2013-2014 campaign.