Apr. 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) is greeted by fans on the way to the ice before a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Nazem Kadri Signs Bridge Deal In Toronto

That’s what you get now a days.  Young NHL players have a decent start to their career, and think they are entitled to a long term deal worth big bucks.  On the day before training camps began  – Nazem Kadri has signed a two year “bridge” deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 5.8 million dollars.

With Cody Hodgson remaining a hold out for Buffalo Sabres training camp – could Kadri’s deal be enough to move contract talks with the Buffalo Sabres young center in the Sabres favor and get number 19 into camp?

There is plenty at stake with Hodgson out of the lineup.  As the Sabres “number one center” – he would be tapped as linemate for Thomas Vanek.  If the Buffalo Sabres are serious at trying to keep Vanek in blue and gold for the rest of his career – giving him a teammate that he can count on – and be familiar with going into the season might go a long way.

There is a touch of bad blood between the Buffalo Sabres and Thomas Vanek – even if neither party wants to admit it – stemming from the Buffalo Sabres sending former captain and friend of Thomas Vanek to the Minnesota Wild last trade deadline.

In an interview with the Buffalo News, Hodgson said

I like it here and we’ll get something done. I don’t know how much it’s going to help if I comment on it now. I’m just going to let them do their thing. I’d rather just leave it up to them.”

Hodgson wasn’t happy with his situation with the Vancouver Canucks and his lack of ice time – and basically forced the teams hand in moving him.  If he is truly happy here – the Buffalo Sabres need to get him under contract.  At the same time, while he has proven worth in the NHL – he is a long way from making demands and being treated like an elitist player.

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  • Jes

    I have a feeling that Hodgson’s just going to wait and see how we open the season in the first 5-10 games or so and if we do poorly he could just force Darcy’s hand. Or he may be waiting for a offer sheet from another team, much like the one O’Rielly got last year from the Flames and just force the Sabres to match.

    • Timothy Redinger

      It sounds like that is going to play out, especially given how his time in Vancouver was handled.

      • qwicwted

        Based on what I have read today – Hodgson and the Sabres are very close to a deal. I believe Cody wants to be on the ice in the next couple of days. Perhaps Kadri’s deal has set the bar for Hodgson. Again, I say swap him and a draft pick for Stepan.

        • Joe Mazurkiewicz

          AS I heard on WGRZ 6pm news Cody HAS signed with Sabres!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justin Tosczak

    Hodgson is important to this team. However, the most important thing about this rebuild is doing it right the first time, and building a culture of winning and positive attitudes. I really do like Hodgson, but from his time in Vancouver, and how this contract discussion has been going; it seems Cody over evaluates himself, and thinks he is an elite player who can make whatever demands he wants… I may be wrong, but if this is what is going on, then Darcy needs to be like Mr.Nonis and HOLD OUT ON YOUR OFFER!! TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT CODY!

  • erico

    This was the Catalyst it just went in a different direction. Regier wants to build a winner. He looked to the future. Nonis looked now. Nonis has a good team now and wants to keep it that way which is why he needed a cap compliant contract with kadri. Regier is looking beyond when he will need extra cap space when risto/zadorv/pysyk/grigorenko come off of elc’s. either sign to 2 years for low and resign him in 2 years for high(5.5+) or lock him up long term for a mediocre price.
    smart move!!!!!