Cody Hodgson signs with Predators, hopes for career turnaround

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Cody Hodgson vowed at the end of the regular season that he would be better next season. He’ll get that chance as a member of the Nashville Predators.

The Buffalo Sabres placed the 25-year old Hodgson on waivers Monday with the intent of buying him out. He’ll be paid $791,666 over the next eight seasons from the buy out and now $1.05 million next season from the Predators.

Hodgson scored 44 goals and recorded 99 points over three-and-a-half seasons in Buffalo. This past season, he had the worst production of his NHL career putting up six goal and 13 points in 78 games while his ice time fell six minutes from the 2013-14 campaign.

The Predators took on a reclamation project last summer in Mike Ribeiro and it worked, at least on the ice. (His off-the-ice issues are a different story.) Hodgson gets the same exact deal that Ribeiro received last summer -- a "prove it" kind of contract.

It was only two seasons ago Hodgson scored 20 goals and 44 points. The talent is there. Can he turn it around in Nashville?

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