The Buffalo Sabres waived Cody Hodgson on Monday in preparation of a buyout. The team has yet to release a statement but figures to do so some time on Tuesday.
Hodgson is coming off a poor NHL season. He recorded a career worst 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points. He went 47 games without a goal at one point during the season. He was a healthy scratch four times and had his ice time diminished considerably from the previous year.
Often times he skated on the 4th line and only made rare appearances on the power play. For whatever reason he found his way into Ted Nolan’s dog house early in the season and had a hard time stepping out of it. Hard to believe this was the same player that recorded 20 goals a season before.
Hodgson just finished his 2nd year of a 6 year contract. Should the Sabres complete the buyout he’ll count against their cap until the 2022-23 season.
He’s only 25 years old, he still has considerable talent so it’s likely an NHL GM will take a chance on him. He isn’t a player that can take over a game but he can be an effective play-maker. Is he a Top-6 forward? I wouldn’t rule that out if put in the right situation. Perhaps the Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars take a shot at him but don’t rule out Boston or Florida either.