Cody Hodgson placed on waivers by Predators
By Darren Lum
Cody Hodgson is waiting for another NHL team and another NHL chance after being placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators this past Wednesday as reported by The Tennessean.
The Predators’ general manager David Poile explained his decision to The Tennesean.
“We signed him to enhance our (offence) and it didn’t happen,” Poile said. “You look for other areas that maybe a player can help you — checking or penalty killing or some other area. Really, I think we were pretty honest with Cody and told him that he had to produce offensively, and he hasn’t.
“This is the move.”
The former Buffalo Sabres player tallied only three goals and eight points in 39 games for the Predators before he was a healthy scratch for three games and was put on waivers.
Only two years ago, Hodgson enjoyed a career high in points and goals (20 goals and 44 points) in 2013-2014 for the Sabres. He was rewarded with a six-year contract worth $25.5 million.
The following year Hodgson managed only 13 points and the Sabres bought out four of the remaining years in his contract.
Days after, Nashville signed Hodgson to a one-year contract worth $1.05 million. It was the exact same contract signed by the team’s centre Mike Ribeiro, who parlayed his one-year contract into a new two-year contract worth $7 million according to www.nhl.com.
If Hodgson, a 10th overall pick for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2008 NHL Draft, is not signed by another team he is expected to join Nashville’s American Hockey League affiliate the Milwaukee Admirals.