Center Cody Hodgson announced via a Vine video this evening that he has re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres and will remain with the team for six additional years. Reports say that the deal is worth a total of $25.5 million with a cap hit of $4.5 million. The extension come at a perfect time for Sabres fans, as it allows Hodgson to officially attend the Sabres’ training camp, which opened today with off-ice physicals.
Hodgson was an RFA although contract talks had been ongoing, and both sides looked to make a deal before the season began. Hodgson enters his third season with the Buffalo Sabres, having split last year between the Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans. With the Amerks, he had five goals and 14 assists for 19 points in 19 games. Once the lockout ended, Hodgson joined the Sabres, scoring 34 points in 48 games. He had 15 goals and 19 assists on the season.
Unlike some other RFAs, Hodgson’s deal is not a bridge contract. The six-year deal will keep the young forward in Buffalo for a considerable amount of time (and a considerable amount of money) and it’s great to have him back for another season, particularly with training camp getting underway this week, and for the future years. Hodgson could easily be a key member of the Buffalo Sabres core for years to come.
The new contract means that Hodgson will hit the ice Thursday morning with his fellow Buffalo Sabres teammates when on-ice practices begin at 8:45 a.m. Training camp continues through Sunday, when the Sabres will travel to Montreal for the team’s first preseason game.
The 23-year-old Toronto native spent the first few years of his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks before being traded to the Sabres during the 2011-12 season. The new contract is quite a step up from his last – and a lot of Sabres fans might be scratching their heads at the length of the contract or how much he’ll be making, but rest assured Hodgson will make every effort to prove he’s worthy of it.
He could easily be one of the top centers on the Buffalo Sabres and is overall a solid asset of the team, and will likely continue to be such for the next six years – and hopefully even further.