In an interview Thursday with radio station WGR-550, Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray said the team is considering buying out the contract of veteran center Cody Hodgson.
Murray spoke to WGR's Paul Hamilton in regard to a number of team-related topics, but his biggest news of note concerned a potential buyout of Hodgson's contract, which has four years remaining at an average annual salary cap hit of $4.25 million. Murray said Hodgson would like to stay in Buffalo and is currently in Sweden working with a skating coach, but didn't guarantee his future with the organization.
The 25-year-old Hodgson was drafted 10th overall by Vancouver in 2008 before being dealt to Buffalo (along with defenseman Alexander Sulzer) at the 2012 NHL trade deadline to Buffalo Sabres in exchange for right winger Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. Hodgson has amassed 44 goals and 99 points in 218 regular-season games with the Sabres and in 2013-14, the Toronto native set NHL career-highs of 24 goals and 44 points in 72 games. But last season, he amassed just six goals and 13 points in 78 games, and with the Jack Eichel Era set to begin next in the coming season, there may not be room for him any longer.