Apr 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Did The Buffalo Sabres Do The Right Thing With Cody Hodgson?

Buffalo Sabres fans, let’s open this post by finding common ground: no matter how you feel about the new contract that Cody Hodgson signed with the Sabres yesterday, I think we can all agree that we’re glad this deal got done before players hit the ice for training camp.

Yes?  Good.  Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this post:

Were the Buffalo Sabres smart to offer Hodgson a 6-year deal worth $25.5 million?

If we only focus on the dollars-and-cents part of the deal, this contract seems like a slam-dunk.  Hodgson will make $4.25 million a year, which means he is slightly overpaid for NOW, but should he prove to be a true first-line center, he will be a bargain down the road.  You can’t find many – any? – first-line centers in the NHL making that “little” amount of money per year.  (Makes me wish I made such a little amount!)  As an added bonus, the contract leaves the Sabres with some room in cap, should they go looking for someone to sign.  (I know – they won’t, but it’s good to have the option.)

On the other hand . . . a lot of Buffalo Sabres fans have spent the past few seasons watching Tyler Myers, he of the 7-year contract worth $38 million, fail to live up to expectations.   Sure, Hodgson played first-line minutes last season . . . but the argument can easily be made that he would be lucky to be a second-line player on almost any other team, maybe even a third-liner on some of the teams that made the playoffs last year.  He still has a lot to work on, especially defensively, so isn’t a two-year bridge contract what the Sabres should have offered, in order to make sure he is actually turning into the player they want/need him to be?

The money is good, and it’s nice to see a player want to lock himself into the system for six-years . . . but is this contract going to make CoHo complacent, a la Tyler Myers?  Eeesh.  Glad you’re the ones voting!  Have at it!

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  • Kevin

    It locks up this player who is – as my uncle used say “wet behind the ears” – until he reaches free agency. We have dwelled so much on the negative about him, when has done many positive things as well.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Yeah, I agree. The money is not as ridiculous as Myers’, so even if he is really a second-liner the Sabres are still getting their money’s worth. Smart move.

  • qwicwted

    In all honesty – Hodgson has done everything the Sabres have asked of him since coming to Buffalo – what he asked for in return was more playing time. I believe Coho is one of those players that you take the chance and lock up. I like the 6 year deal and I don’t equate it with a “Stafford” or “Meyers” type of signing. I never really agreed with the Sabres signing Meyers to 7 years at such a young age – D men usually take longer to develop. Thing is, Cody has the potential to be a leader for the team – he wants to be the 1st line Center and wants to be part of the rebuild. Its funny cause any deal made with any player is a crap shoot – look at Philly signing Lacavalier 5 year $4.5M/yr. knowing he has concussion problems and is on the “decline”. Another is Clowe – 5 years $4.8M/yr knowing he is also on the decline and was injured most of last year – concussion problems. These two examples are based on previous performance whereas the deal with Cody is based on future performance. We’ve seen what he can do over the past couple years, and even if he doesn’t improve – he still is an offensive force.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I agree. When I first heard it was a six-year deal, i was concerned, but the more I thought about it last night the better I felt. Good move, and good timing – get on with the preseason.

  • philherz

    I’m usually never at loss for an opinion, but I just don’t know. I really like the guy, but I just wonder if his problems on defense will ever get better……

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Hey Phil! Your daughter was just asking about you the other day! I have some reservations about his defense, as well, but you have to think Rolston feels Hodgson is capable of improving on that end, or else the Sabres would have gone the two-way bridge route with his contract.

      • philherz

        (Assuming Hodgson would’ve gone for a 2 year contract.)

        Not so sure what Darcy’s record is with locking up these young guys to long contracts- Vanek, Roy, Myers, Stafford…..more misses than hits?

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Hodgson did not want a two-year deal, but as Sports Illustrated was saying the other day, most of the RFAs that were holding out for big dollars didn’t have much leverage (like Kadri up in Toronto). Doesn’t matter now! Darcy’s record is not spectacular, but at least the money he threw at CoHo was not ridiculous.

  • erico

    this is going to be amazing in 3-4 years. the cap will be 80m. first line centers will be asking for 7+. seconds will want 5+. COHO is 4.25m… i say thats a steal no matter what level he gets his game too