Buffalo Sabres: Is Cody Hodgson a Legitimate Buyout Candidate?

February 5th, 2015 by Matt Clouden Leave a reply »
It's no secret the Buffalo Sabres have underachieved this year, and Cody Hodgson is no exception. 

Hodgson has been in the spotlight since his arrival a few trade deadlines ago in a largely unexpected trade for Zack Kassian, likely the Sabres' top prospect at the time. 

Hodgson's tenure as a Sabre started slowly, and has reverted back to a similar pace. 

Through 49 games this season, Hodgson has just two goals and eight points, well behind his career best 44 points in 72 games set last season. He has looked a step behind for most of the season, and despite playing his best hockey of the season in his last few games, he was a healthy scratch in the Sabres' recent game against the Vancouver Canucks, his former team.

All of this—coupled with the fact that Hodgson signed a six-year, $25.5 million deal two years ago—has led some, including the venerable Elliotte Friedman, to speculate that Sabres general manager Tim Murray could be looking at Hodgson as a buyout candidate this offseason. 

Now, the use of the term "buyout" this offseason is a bit different than the last two offseasons, mainly due ...

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