On Wednesday, Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson announced through the team’s official twitter account that he has signed a six-year contract extension with the team. The contract is reportedly worth $25.5 million, counting $4.25 million towards the Sabres’ annual total team salary.
Hodgson, 23, entered training camp on Wednesday as a restricted free agent, meaning the Sabres held exclusive negotiating rights with the young forward. The progress of negotiations between Hodgson’s agent and the Buffalo Sabres was mostly unclear throughout the summer, leading to various speculations that were finally put to rest now that a contract has been reached.
Hodgson was initially drafted 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft, having been acquired by the Sabres along with defenseman Alexander Sulzer on Feb. 27, 2012 in a deadline day trade in exchange for forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani.
Hodgson had played 71 games with the Canucks between 2010 and 2012 before joining the Sabres, tallying 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. He also had eight penalty minutes and was rated a plus-9 during his time in Vancouver
In 68 games with the Sabres since the trade, Hodgson has 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points, while adding 22 penalty minutes and posting a minus-11 rating.
During the 2012-2013 lockout shortened season, Hodgson ranked second on the Sabres in scoring with 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points. His 15 goals also ranked second on the team, while his 19 assists ranked third. He also finished the season with 20 penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating.
With the extension, the Sabres hope they have locked up a key component to the future of the team.
"We are extremely excited to have signed Cody to a long-term deal," said Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier. "We feel he is going to be an important piece of our organization's success in the future and look forward to watching him develop as a player."