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Sabres talking short- and long-term deal with Hodgson

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ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Cody Hodgson #19 of the Buffalo Sabres looks on prior to the start of the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on February 29, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Unlike the Maple Leafs were with Nazem Kadri and the Rangers still apparently are with Derek Stepan, the Buffalo Sabres seem open to the idea of giving Cody Hodgson a long-term contract.

Hodgson, 23, is a restricted free agent. And according to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, both short- and long-term deals have been discussed (per John Vogl at the Buffalo News) during negotiations.

Hodgson had 34 points in 48 games last season, second to only Thomas Vanek’s 41 points for the Sabres.

If there’s a comparable long-term contract to look at, it may be Adam Henrique’s six-year, $24 million deal with the Devils. Hodgson, however, might prefer to sign a shorter, cheaper bridge deal, then go for the home run in a year or two.

Whatever length of deal ends up being struck, Regier reportedly sounded optimistic today that one would be done soon.