BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - With a new contract comes new expectations for Sabres forward Cody Hodgson.
After signing a six-year deal reportedly worth $25.5 million, Hodgson is being paid like a key contributor. He came into training camp, hoping to live up to that deal.
"It's obviously a little more extra jump in my stride, but I think just being around the guys and knowing the season's about to start, everybody's jacked up," said Hodgson.
When it comes to the long-term contract, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said he believes Hodgson has the level of maturity it takes to be able to earn that money. He also says, Hodgson can grow into the player the Sabres need him to be.
"He wants to be a number one guy from the standpoint of he wants to be counted on," said Regier. "He wants the opportunity to be in positions where you can make a difference."
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