BUFFALO – This morning, an optimistic-sounding Darcy Regier said the Sabres would “make every attempt” to have unsigned restricted free agent Cody Hodgson on the ice Thursday for the first session of training camp.
“The efforts that are being made by both sides would indicate that we want to get something done as quickly as possible,” the general manager said inside the First Niagara Center as the Sabres reported for camp and took their physicals.
Hours later, the Sabres announced Hodgson had signed a six-year deal worth a whopping $25.5 million, according to Sportsnet. That’s an annual $4.25 million cap hit.
Both long- and short-term deals had been discussed, Regier said.
The 23-year-old Hodgson, the Sabres’ No. 1 center on paper, had 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games last season.
“We certainly believe that Cody is a player that will continue to get better and improve,” Regier said prior to the deal. “He has fit in very well organizationally. He is a very mature young man. He’s a very hard-working, committed individual and athlete, and that’s someone we’d like to have around for a long time.”
Now they do.
Regier said negotiations didn’t become contentious.