A person familiar with the decision has told the Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have placed Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.
Hodgson has four years and $19 million remaining on his contract, one of the last significant deals under former general manager Darcy Regier. The contract carries a $4.25 million salary cap hit. Sabres general manager Tim Murray said the move was being considered as recently as two weeks ago.