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Hodgson happy to be at Sabres camp

Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 7:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Training Camp 2013 blog

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Hodgson happy to be at Sabres camp

Armed with a new six-year contract, Cody Hodgson found himself in a familiar spot Thursday at Buffalo Sabres training camp: on a line with Thomas Vanek.

Buffalo's top two scorers from last season skated with Marcus Foligno.

"We like [Vanek and Hodgson] together for sure. They were good last year," coach Ron Rolston told the team's website. "I think Cody can make plays, really good vision plays and obviously [Vanek's] a good finisher.

"Right now we've got Marcus there to provide some heavy hockey hopefully on the wing, hopefully if Marcus can come in and continue to play that way, be physical and make some space for those guys."

Hodgson, a restricted free agent who had 34 points (15 goals) last season, signed a reported $25.5 million contract Wednesday, just in time for camp.

"I knew we were going to get it done. It was just a matter of when," Hodgson said after practice at First Niagara Center. "I'm really thankful for the opportunity."

Though Vanek (41 points, 20 goals) is in the final year of his contract and the subject of trade rumors, Hodgson, 23, is now a cornerstone of the rebuilding project.

"He’s one of those players that in the future, he’s going to be a leader for us," Rolston said. "He’s an important player and we wanted him from the start. And I think he wanted to be here. He was here and was chomping at the bit to get things done so he could play today, so it says a lot about him."

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres