Cody Hodgson will get a chance for a fresh start in Nashville.
Hodgson suffered through his worst season of hockey with the Buffalo Sabres in 2014-15, forcing the club to put him on waivers and buy out his contract.
That left him available and Wednesday the Predators signed him for a reported $1.05 million one-year deal.
Hodgson had four years left on his six-year, $25.5 million deal he signed with the Sabres. Buffalo bought him out for $6.33 million after he cleared waivers.
Last season the center had just six goals and seven assists in 78 games, often pushed to the fourth line and increasingly became a healthy scratch.
In 2013-14 Hodgson was a 20-goal scorer for the Sabres, finishing with 44 points and scoring six goals for Team Canada in the IIHF World Championships.
The buyout will have minimal impact on the Sabres’ salary cap. According to contract-related Websites War-on-Ice.com and Spotrac.com, Hodgson will be on Buffalo’s books for $1.04 million this season, $541,667 the following year and $41,667 in 2017-18.
Buffalo will get a credit of $458,333 in 2018-19. Hodgson will count at $791,667 for the four-season period from 2019 to 2023.