Apr 26, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) skates past New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40) during the second period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: How Much is Cody Hodgson Worth to the Buffalo Sabres?


Afternoon, Sabres fans!

In today’s Daily Dasherboard post, I included a link to Garth over at Hockey Buzz that discussed the worth of Buffalo Sabres’ center Cody Hodgson.  As I

am sure you all know, the Sabres have yet to re-sign Hodgson, who is a restricted free agent.  Conventional wisdom tells us that the Sabres – a team in rebuilding mode – will not allow Hodgson to walk, based on his stellar sophomore season and the fact that, at the age of only 23, he was the second-leading scorer on the team last year (15-19-34), making him one of the young cornerstones around which the Sabres will want to rebuild.

The problem is, Hodgson and his agent do have a say in whether he will remain with the Sabres.  As Garth pointed out in his Hockey Buzz post, it could be that Hodgson watched what unfolded with Sam Gagner over in Edmonton.  Gagner, another 23 year-old who has played in the NHL for two more season than Hodgson, filed for arbitration, but wound up reaching a deal with the Oilers for 3 years and $14.4 million before it came to that.  Hodgson may expect a similar deal to the one Gagner got – but do the Buffalo Sabres feel that Hodgson is worth $4.8 million a year?

I won’t profess to being the sort of guy who can slap a dollar amount on a player’s worth.  I do know Hodgson needs work on the defensive side of the ice if he wants to be considered Buffalo’s true number one center.  I wouldn’t feel comfortable with the Sabres only offering him a one-year extension, but two years sounds about right to me , even though he is almost certainly looking for a three-year deal.

Time to vote!  If you were the Buffalo Sabres, what sort of contract would you offer CoHo?

How much is Cody Hodgson worth?

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  • Thomas Eric

    I say u do a 4 year 5.2 mill we have the money and we want the guy why not make him happy and excited to be in buffalo

    • davidmuscalo

      I emphatically agree!

  • lee Munn

    I would still just sign him for only a TWO year (3.25/per sea) keeping him a RFA. Yes he had a good year, and may prove to be much better than Gagner. But he has not played nearly as much (77pt in 139gm) Gagner (258pt in 414gm). Let him prove his worth on a 2 year deal (like we did with Ennis) and then see if he is worth a large 6/7 year deal.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I believe that is the approach the Sabres’ front office is taking. It’s a wise course of action, given how terrible some stars have played after receiving huge contracts (cough, Myers, cough)!

  • Kevin

    The thing is, he is going to be the #1 center by osmosis. His lack of defensive skills are only going to get better. To his defense, he hasn’t been the only forward to have offensive skill to lack the defensive skills. I am hoping his offense overcomes that as he learns from the coaching staff. If he IS holding out for Gagne’s contract then sign him for every year they can get from it. I don’t want to have to do this again 2 yrs down the road when he is even better than he is now.

    • lee Munn

      If we sign him for a 5 year deal now, then he is an UFA and can go anywhere he wants in 5 years once his contract is up. If we sign a 2 year keeping him a RFA (under 25) then we can sign a 5-7 year deal. If he has proven himself he is worth the $. if not, he does not cost us as much. And if another team tries to buy him, we have choice of taking their 1st round picts, or matching $’s. A much better Win/Win for signing 2 & keeping a “RFA”!!

  • davidmuscalo

    Hodgson has earned a three contract with the organization. Look at the contract Regier gave Myers who reward us by showing up last season out shape and out of focus on the ice. Hodgson may have some rough edges, but unlike Myers, he has heart and desire to be the real professional.

    Regier needs to learn to recognize the difference between players who have self respect and want to be the best that they can be and those who want to coast like Adam, Stafford and Myers.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I think Myers made a “young persons” mistake by assuming the lockout would last longer. I hope he has matured enough to get back to work.

  • qwicwted

    I think a 2 year deal at $2.5M the first year and $3.5 the 2nd year is a good offer. Cody is a good offensive player that needs to improve his defense. If Cody does turn out to be a 1st line center and cornerstone – the Sabres can always sign him to a longer term deal in the midst of the second year before he becomes a UFA. Sabres could also offer a 3 year deal increasing the 3rd year to $4.25-$4.5M.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Agreed. I like CoHo but guess I need to see more from him. The Myers situation doesn’t help, either.

  • Tony

    Quoting a hack like Garth is hilarious in it’s own right, but you have essentially rewritten the garbage that he posted. Too funny.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      It’s a simple poll, not a new piece. As always, I value your intelligent contributions to the discussion. Thanks for the read!

      • Tony

        I skimmed it, tracer.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Still counts as a page view. :D. Nice chatting with you!

          • Tony

            Thank God that’s not how the rest of us measure our self-worth. The pleasure was all yours, I’m sure I’ll stumble through again sometime on my way to reading some original work. I’ll be sure to say, Hi! Thanks for acknowledging my spot-on, albeit, harsh criticism. ;-p Toodles.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            I was trying to handle you with humor. I would prefer not to block people from leaving comments. Part of writing is piggy-backing off of what you read. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this, but your style of commenting is not encouraged here, although friendly debate is. That’s all I have to say from now on about this matter.

          • Thomas Eric

            Leave rich alone he’s the man

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Ha ha! It comes with the territory. Can’t please everyone, as much as I would like to.

          • Thomas Eric

            Ur loyal fans got your back do u have a Facebook or twitter?

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Usually leave my Twitter on the post: @theamazingMrS. Facebook is just my name!

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