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Top Line: Sabres sign Cody Hodgson to stunning, risky deal; more links

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Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are rolling the dice big time on Cody Hodgson’s potential. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• While teams around the league are holding the line and signing their young but unproven stars to two-year bridge contracts, the Sabres decided they’d seen enough of Cody Hodgson to ink him to a stunning six-year, $25.5 million deal. GM Darcy Regier was under no pressure to make this kind of commitment, but he clearly placed a premium on continuity over Hodgson’s limited track record — and distressingly lax attitude toward his defensive responsibilities. This deal might work out just fine over time, but it was a financial risk the Sabres didn’t need to take.

• Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau had a ticket for one of the flights that was hijacked on 9/11. Here’s how he survived.

• The Florida Panthers have spoken with Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov and Jose Theodore about coming to camp on professional tryout contracts. No one is happier about this news than the guy who runs the @_FloridaMan Twitter feed.

• Patrick Roy proved he could be a winner while wearing the tools of ignorance. Now, Adrian Dater writes, comes his chance to show he can do the same while wearing a suit and tie.

• Gotta love Doug Armstrong’s take on the Blues’ failed contract talks with Alex Pietrangelo. Teams move on without injured players all the time — he pointed to Pittsburgh’s success while Sidney Crosby was in the press box last season — and that’s exactly how the Blues will deal with their star defender’s absence. No worries here. There’s lots of time to get a deal done, but the longer it takes, the tougher it will be for Pietrangelo to get off to the strong start he needs to impress Team Canada’s brass.

• Great news for Cory Schneider: Martin Brodeur isn’t ready to retire just yet. But hang in there, bud, because Brodeur is sure you’ll be the No. 1 guy in Jersey “within a few years.”

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  • Published On Sep 12, 2013
  • Top Line: Blackhawks auction odd items; goalie pains

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    You know you want to bid on Andrew Shaw's stitches, right?

    You know you want to bid on Andrew Shaw’s stitches, right? Right? (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Phoenix Coyotes held their big post-sale press conference yesterday in Glendale, where the backsplash behind the podium displayed the words “Here to Stay.” Better that than, “Which Way to Seattle?” Amirite?

    • First the Blackhawks decide to auction off pieces of ice–errr, water, at this point?–and now this: Chicago forward Andrew Shaw is putting his stitches up for sale. Ever dreamed of owning thread that’s been through the face of a Blackhawk? Yeah, didn’t think so, but here, you can have it anyway. Proceeds go to breast cancer research.

    • A report out of Buffalo suggests that emerging star center Cody Hodgson, the team’s only outstanding restricted free agent, and his agent, Ritch Winter, are making things hard on the Sabres, who would like to sign the 23-year-old who scored 34 points in 48 games last season. He finished the season second on the team in scoring and was thought to be a big part of Buffalo’s future.

    • Being a goalie hurts. For some, like Roberto Luongo, the pain is more psychological than anything else. But there’s plenty of physical pain. One goalie explains how  it hurts to stop a frozen rubber disc.

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  • Published On Aug 07, 2013
  • The sweet new lives of Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian

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    Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian

    Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian are blossoming on their teams’ top lines. (Jeff Vinnick/Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Everyone knows that the true impact of a trade can only be determined down the road. Time, after all, reveals more truth than does a gut reaction.

    But even if we’re scarcely out of the driveway on the Feb. 27, 2012 deal that saw the Buffalo Sabres send Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani to Vancouver for Cody Hodgson and Alex Sulzer, that trade has the look of a winner for both sides, doesn’t it?

    It was a nervy deal for both Vancouver’s Mike Gillis and Buffalo’s Darcy Regier, which explains why it came down to the last possible minute at the trade deadline. It was a swap of untapped potential, one that easily could have blown up spectacularly in the face of either team’s front office.

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  • Published On Feb 04, 2013


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