Bob McKenzie was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Thursday afternoon.
On the speculation of a buyout for Cody Hodgson in Buffalo, which we don’t see much for younger players:
“You know what? Some things are inexplicable in life and this is one. I would have thought Cody Hodgson would have been a real good National Hockey League player and maybe he still will. Maybe he just kind of lost his way and got into a circumstance with the contract and a situation in Buffalo where the team hasn’t been very good.
“But I mean, you saw him at that world junior championship in Ottawa playing with Tavares and Eberle on that power play. His hockey sense is off the charts. We knew his skating stride needed work, that he wasn’t a dynamic skater, but that his smarts were going to compensate – his smarts and his skill, he’s a skillful guy – and yet it didn’t work for him in Vancouver and it hasn’t worked out for him in Buffalo.
“Certainly, when the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres says, ‘We’re thinking seriously of buying him out.’ They’re not thinking seriously of buying him out. They’ve decided they’re going to buy him out, I would imagine. General managers don’t talk like that and then say, ‘Ah, (we won’t).’
“We’ll see. They haven’t said unequivocally, but boy, if I’m reading between the lines there it sure sounds like he’s going to get bought out.
“And that’s a team where if they thought he had any value at all they would keep him because the last thing in the world they’re concerned about a) is money – Terry Pegula has got lots of it – and b) they’re not a cap team. So they’re just looking at it and saying, ‘Hey, we want to save some money. We want a roster spot. And this is a logical or viable option for us to do that.’
“It’s really unfortunate because he’s a really good kid and he should be a really good player. Hopefully if he does get bought out by Buffalo, hopefully he’ll catches on somewhere. It’ll obviously be at a far reduced rate, but get a chance and… (McKenzie’s cell phone cuts out)”
Source: TSN 1050/ Transcript: Nichols