The Buffalo Sabres have opened contract discussions with impending restricted free agent center Cody Hodgson, general manager Darcy Regier told reporters Tuesday.
"We're just waiting to hear back from his agent [Ritch Winter]," Regier said at a press conference at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
Hodgson, 23, scored 15 goals and had 34 points in 2012-13, his first full season with the Sabres.
Regier also said that the Sabres will contact former captain Danny Briere, who spent four years in Buffalo before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers in July 2007. The Flyers announced June 20 that they would buy out the final two years of the 35-year-old's eight-year, $52 million contract.
In 15 seasons, Briere has 286 goals and 659 points in 847 games with the Phoenix Coyotes, Sabres and Flyers.
Two days ago, the Sabres completed a busy day at the 2013 NHL Draft, selecting a league-high 11 prospects. They also traded defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Jamie McBain and a second-round pick they used to select power forward J.T. Compher from United States National Team Development Program.