BUFFALO – When the Nashville Predators’ dressing room opened this afternoon, some reporters walked over to former Sabres enigma Cody Hodgson, exchanged pleasantries and started talking to the 25-year-old.
After spouting a few clichés about his new team and city, Hodgson, who had a buyout exercised on the final four seasons of his six-year, $25.5 million contract in June following an awful 2014-15 campaign, became prickly.
Clearly, the end of his four-year run with the Sabres – he scored six goals last season – is a touchy subject for the forward.
Was it tough to look for new job?
“I don’t really want to think about it now,” he said. “You can think about that as much time as you want. At the end of the day, this is where I am right now. I’m happy to be with the Nashville Predators.”
Was he surprised about the buyout?
“Guys, I’m not going to talk about this now,” an upset Hodgson said. “I just want to talk about the game.”
With that, the interview ended after less than 90 seconds.
Hodgson, who signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Predators, has one goal and four points in 20 games this season. He scored his only goal in the 12th game.
The Sabres owe him $6.333 million over eight years with the buyout.