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It seems as if COHO is making news in Buffalo, and not for all the right reasons.

Cody Hodgson remains the lone restricted free agent yet to be locked up by the Buffalo Sabres, but, as Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 in Buffalo reports, Hodgson "could become a big problem" for the team.

Citing a murky history between the team and Hodgson's agent, Ritch Winter, Hamilton suggests that the perceived stalemate that exists between the two parties may result in Hodgson's eventual departure from Buffalo:

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Sabres are pushed to a point where the have to trade the centerman because of Winter.

Calling him "one of the sleaziest agents in pro sports", Hamilton points back to the "many, many poor decisions" made by Dominik Hasek under Winter's advisement, as well as the fact that Hodgson's time in Vancouver came to a premature end due to a number of contentious issues that developed between him and the organization.

Hodgson - the 10th pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - scored 15 goals and 19 assists in 48 games for the Sabres in 2013, and is believed to be a big part of their future moving forward.

Prior to the signing of Corey Tropp, Buffalo had over $10 million remaining in available cap space, putting them fourth from the bottom in terms of payroll heading into a new season.

http://www.thescore.com/nhl/articles/1247119-report-sabres-waiting-on-hodgson

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Through thick and thin, I've always liked Cody, but this is becoming a problem. Whether it is in sports or in everyday working world, nobody likes to work with someone that creates problems with coworkers and ownership, regardless of how much promise and potential they have. Cody, his agent, and his dad better start repairing this asap, or he'll be another player nobody wants a part of.

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Nothing much in the article at all except some sports reporter calling Winter sleezy without providing much if anything in the way to back it up other than referencing the trade from Van and the Hasek example. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Hodgson switch to Winter late in the process with the Canucks?

Cody's issues might not be as much a result of the agent he has, but rather the daddy he has. No proof of this, but at his age to have issues with both teams he's been on and to have switched agents at least once tells me the problems may lay elsewhere.

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Nothing much in the article at all except some sports reporter calling Winter sleezy without providing much if anything in the way to back it up other than referencing the trade from Van and the Hasek example. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Hodgson switch to Winter late in the process with the Canucks?

Cody's issues might not be as much a result of the agent he has, but rather the daddy he has. No proof of this, but at his age to have issues with both teams he's been on and to have switched agents at least once tells me the problems may lay elsewhere.

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This is rather sad. regardless of when Winter came into CoHo's life he was there when Cody was traded, he was there when the money issues in Buffalo came up. I honestly am starting to wonder how much of this is genuinely the kids fault as opposed to his dad and his agent. A lot of these kids follow the advice of parents and agents so much that they don't even understand their contracts or rights as a player or person. Feel for the kid but he's gotta excise both cancers from his professional life or he's going to end up in a back water market or Europe.

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Hodgson fanboys, MG doubters, and Kassian haters are so quiet it's hilarious lol. They're so butthurt they can't admit Hodgson is a little brat and that the trade was good.

And I'm calling in right now, watch Schneider leave Jersey in 2 years when his contract expires. He won't get to start this year and if Brodeur retires the year after, Cory won't want to play for a rebuilding team cause he's in his prime and will want to win. That will mean we won the Horvat deal too.

...I love it when a plan comes together ;)

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This is rather sad. regardless of when Winter came into CoHo's life he was there when Cody was traded, he was there when the money issues in Buffalo came up. I honestly am starting to wonder how much of this is genuinely the kids fault as opposed to his dad and his agent. A lot of these kids follow the advice of parents and agents so much that they don't even understand their contracts or rights as a player or person. Feel for the kid but he's gotta excise both cancers from his professional life or he's going to end up in a back water market or Europe.

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Even Gary Roberts must be embarrassed with all this. Recall him rather vociferously attacking Gillis, when he spoke out about Cody's issues. Hope this all continues. It further alleviates pressure Kass may've been feeling, in living up to the trade; whilst simultaneously vindicating MG's opinion & subsequent dealing with the matter. Should it blow up in Buffalo, media will probably leave this at the bottom of the deck. They wouldn't ever want to acknowledge MG being correct.

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Everyone who hates on the trade should think of what type of situation the Canucks would be in right now if they hadn't of traded him.. We probably would not be able to resign him, and forced to trade his rights away for a late draft pick or something of the like. Gillis made the right decision 100%.

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