Cody Hodgson C BUF 6 days ago

Hodgson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

Last season, the Predators cashed in on a low-risk, high-reward signing in Mike Ribeiro, and it looks like they're hoping on following that template again with Hodgson. Once viewed as a key member of the Sabres' rebuild, Hodgson was never able to get on the same wavelength with coach Ted Nolan last season, resulting in a stark decline in his ice time and offensive productivity (six goals, 13 points in 78 games). After having his contract bought by the Sabres a day earlier, Hodgson will now look to rehabilitate his value in Nashville, where he should have the good fortune of playing next to a far greater pool of talent than in Buffalo. This deal could be a steal for the Preds.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 1 week ago

Hodgson has cleared waivers, reports Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman.

No surprise Hodgson cleared waivers, as his performance doesn't nearly justify his cap hit. After signing a lucrative extension with the Sabres, Hodgson's play fell off a cliff, having never improved his skating, consistency or defensive play. The Sabres will buy him out shortly, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Hodgson's fantasy value can only rebound if he starts scoring again and plays on a team that is willing to give him a scoring role.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 1 week ago

Hodgson will be bought out by the Sabres, WGR 550 Sports Radio reports.

Hodgson was considered a candidate for a buyout, and that has now been made official. The winger posted a highly disappointing 2014-15 campaign, tallying just 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over 78 games with the Sabres. He will now shop around in free agency for another gig, but there's no guarantee he'll be playing in the NHL next season.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 weeks ago

Hodgson is still under consideration for a potential buyout, reports Paul Hamilton of WGR 550.

Under the current CBA, the Sabres can buy out Hodgson's contract, of which he is still owed $19 million over the next three seasons, for just $6.27 million because he is only 25 years old. It's an enticing option for Buffalo, since Hodgson is coming off the worst season of his young career and the team has plenty of elite prospects in the pipeline. Hodgson wants to stay in Buffalo and is working with a skating instructor in Sweden to improve his mobility, but it may be too little, too late. Until Hodgson's future is clearer, he remains off the fantasy radar for the 2015-16 season.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 months 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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.