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?