Cody Hodgson C BUF 1 month ago

After a disappointing season with just 13 points, Hodgson may be a buyout candidate, reports The Buffalo News.

Hodgson is still owed $19 million from Buffalo with three years remaining in his five-year contract, but because he is just 25 years old, the cost of the buyout will be only $6.27 million. The Sabres and Hodgson didn't see eye-to-eye all season long and the slow-footed scoring center never quite dedicated himself to playing sound defense or improving his overall game. With Connor McDavid in general manager Tim Murray's sights and Sam Reinhart poised to join next year, there may be no room for Hodgson, who spent much of the season on the wing and on the fourth line. His status with the organization is up in the air.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 2 months ago

Hodgson scored his sixth of the season Wednesday in a 4-3 win over Toronto, snapping a seven-game stretch without a goal.

Don't get too excited - Hodgson got lucky when he caught Jonathan Bernier going the wrong way on a wraparound as the former first-round pick continues to struggle. He now has 13 points in 73 games, a far cry from the 44-point campaign he had the previous season. Hodgson is now firmly entrenched on the team's bottom two lines and has a long way to go before he's considered a valuable fantasy asset, though he has shown some chemistry with center Matt Ellis and has 12 shots in his past three games.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 2 months ago

Hodgson registered a goal and seven shots on net in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.

Hodgson's scoring is significantly down from each of his previous three seasons as the goal brings him to just 12 points on the year. The 25-year-old has also been taking far fewer shots, which could account for the lack of production, as he hadn't even mustered seven shots in his past four contests combined. It's still not enough to say Hodgson has righted the ship for this season, but he should be able to get back on the score sheet with more regularity with more high-volume shooting nights like Monday.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 months ago

Hodgson found the back of the net for the second time in three games Saturday, and also chipped in an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Panthers.

After a lengthy 27-game goal drought, Hodgson has found his name back in the goal column twice in the last three games. It's definitely not enough say he's out of the proverbial "woods" just yet in terms of his inability to put pucks in the net, but the former 10th-overall pick has fired 19 shots on goal in the last eight games and skated 13:31 against Florida -- his most since January -- so things could be looking up. Keep an eye on him, as often times the league's cellar dwellers (like Buffalo, Arizona and Edmonton) play spoiler for playoff teams this time of year, and the lack of pressure could be a nice recipe for Hodgson to find his game again.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 months ago

Hodgson scored his third of the season and first in 27 games in a 4-2 win over Columbus on Tuesday.

In a tough year for Hodgson, the hockey gods decided to give him a small break, briefly casting a spell over Anton Forsberg, who misplayed a soft backhand and allowed the puck to trickle into the net. The goal was Hodgson's first since Dec. 13. The Sabres' leading scorer from last year still has time to finish the season strong, but until he strings together two good games don't count on it. Hodgson played just 10:26, but still six minutes higher than the 4:48 he logged against Nashville.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 months ago

Hodgson will play Sunday against Philadelphia after a two-game absence, reports the Olean Times Herald.A healthy scratch the past two games, Hodgson returns to the lineup with Patrick Kaleta (lower-body) unavailable for Sunday's game. Hodgson has struggled mightily this season, with just two goals in 51 games. He'll skate on a line with center Matt Ellis and Johan Larsson, who was recalled from AHL Rochester. Hodgson needs a good performance to stay in head coach Ted Nolan's good graces. He'll get an extended look with the Sabres banged up, but if he doesn't perform well Nolan will be quick to yank him from the lineup.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 months ago

Hodgson will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against Ottawa, reports The Buffalo News.After sitting against the Islanders, Tuesday will be Hodgson's second straight game as a healthy scratch and it doesn't look like he'll be back in the lineup anytime soon. Head coach Ted Nolan hoped Hodgson would be angry after getting scratched against his former team in Vancouver, but admitted that "every personality on the team is different" and that benching Hodgson may not have had the desired effect. The underachieving forward has a $4.25 million cap hit but has been one of the league's worst players this year. He's a non-starter in fantasy.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 4 months ago

Hodgson notched an assist against Montreal on Tuesday, one game after being made a healthy scratch.

If head coach Ted Nolan wanted to light a fire under Hodgson's butt, scratching the former 10th overall pick against his former team certainly did the trick. He didn't get all of Nolan's confidence back, however, playing just 11:43. Hodgson's assist opened the scoring and marks his second point in four games and gives him eight points in 49 games on the year. It may be too little, too late for Hodgson to be a fantasy asset this year, though.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 4 months ago

Hodgson remains confident he can score in the NHL, reports The Buffalo News.

"I still think I have it," Hodgson told The Buffalo News. After sitting as a healthy scratch Friday against his former team in Vancouver, Hodgson will return to the lineup Tuesday against Montreal on the third line with Brian Flynn at center and Drew Stafford on the right wing. Head coach Ted Nolan wanted to "get messages across" to Hodgson and it remains to be seen if anything will come of it. Hodgson's effort level needs to improve. This is a little reminiscent of his time in Vancouver when then head coach Alain Vigneault implied to the media that he didn't think Hodgson was working hard enough to return from a back injury. Hodgson has seven points in 48 games and is of no fantasy value this season. His future with the Sabres is in doubt at the moment.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 4 months ago

Hodgson, who was a healthy scratch Friday against the Canucks, will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game in Montreal.

Hodgson will likely center the Sabres' fourth line, which would presumably push Matt Ellis out of the lineup. With just seven points in 48 games, Hodgson is having the least productive season of his career.