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Report: Jets, Stafford working on a contract extension


The Winnipeg Jets are attempting to ink pending unrestricted free agent Drew Stafford to a contract extension according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Stafford was acquired by the Jets, from the Buffalo Sabres, in the Evander Kane deal in February.

In 26 games following the trade the 29-year-old scored nine goals and 19 points to go along with a plus-6 rating. He added a goal and an assist in four playoff games.

His four-year, $16 million contract expires on July 1.

Stafford scored 18 goals and 43 points in 76 games during the 2014-15 season split between the Sabres and Jets.

Sabres’ Kane hits the ice for the first time since February

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane took the next step in his recovery from shoulder surgery by hitting the ice for the first time on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old posted a picture of himself on Instagram last night with a caption, which read, “Good feeling being back on the ice for the first time in 5 months! I’m liking the new practice jersey too!”

Kane, who was dealt from the Jets to the Sabres on Feb. 11, underwent surgery on his shoulder on Feb. 7.

Last month Kane was in Buffalo to have his shoulder looked at and his agent, Craig Oster, told PHT that his client was “ahead of schedule” in his recovery process.

Kane had 10 goals and 22 points in 37 games with the Winnipeg Jets prior to undergoing season-ending surgery.

Related: Should the Sabres buy out Hodgson?

Should the Sabres buy out Hodgson?


If you want a study in how far a player can fall in a season, you may not find a better example than Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson.

There was a time when many believed that the Sabres fleeced the Vancouver Canucks in a trade that also involved Zack Kassian. The tune changed quite a bit recently, as he was a healthy scratch at times during a disastrous 2014-15 season.

Now talks are once again cropping up about a possible buyout for Hodgson, as GM Tim Murray told WGR 550’s Paul Hamilton that the situation is “still a decision.” Meanwhile, Murray told Hodgson to improve his skating and conditioning during the offseason.

This is one of the more explicit moments in which the topic came up, yet it’s not the first. The Buffalo News discussed it at the end of the season. The subject popped up in Elliotte Friedman’s popular “30 Thoughts” article back in February.

This is Buffalo’s chance to make such a decision, as the period takes place in June, and teams see big savings if they buy out a player before they turn 26 (it jumps from one-third of the cost to two-thirds once they hit that age).

The Buffalo News mercifully did the math of a Hodgson buyout, to best illustrate the savings:

Buffalo still owes Hodgson $19 million, so a buyout would cost the club $6.27 million. The organization needs to decide if the former 10th overall pick can reach that potential. The buyout period is in June.

In that same article, the 25-year-old said he’d love to be back in Buffalo, and struggled to explain his issues beyond “bad luck, whatever you want to call it.”

While there are obvious reasons why this could be beneficial, here are a few counterpoints to buying him out:

  • He’s still young: It’s not as if Hodgson hit a wall physically. Sometimes young scorers have one of those “Murphy’s Law” years where everything goes wrong. It seems silly to throw away a possible point-producer on a team that was woeful offensively last season.
  • It would be wasted money: The Sabres aren’t cap-strapped, but they’d be throwing away that $6.27 million for nothing. What if he could redeem himself and then at least be more valuable on the trade market?
  • He could click with all the changes: Perhaps Dan Bylsma would suit him well and give him a fresh voice? Maybe Hodgson finds chemistry with Evander Kane next season?

Buffalo needs to make this decision soon, whether they keep the struggling young forward or not. What should they do?


Ted Nolan was exasperated with him, but said he wasn’t a lost cause.