The Ottawa Senators are in full sell mode and have decided to trade Mike Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks also acquire defenceman Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round draft pick in 2020. In return, the Senators get forward Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round pick in 2020. After the highly publicized issue between Hoffman and Senators captain Erik Karlsson last week, the Senators move on from Hoffman.
“Today’s trade showcases our determination to strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice. We are confident it is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of this organization,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a release.
Mike Hoffman – 2 x 5,187,500 ($11.3M in salary remaining)
Cody Donaghey – 1 x $641,667 (ELC)
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San Jose Shark Acquire Mike Hoffman from the Ottawa Senators
Hoffman is an outstanding goal scorer and is going to be a massive help for his new team. Last season, he put up 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points in 82 games played. He also has put up 32 penalty minutes. His possession numbers are 49.4 percent Corsi, and +2.9 relative Corsi. Hoffman did all this on a bad Senators team. The three prior years though, he scored over 20 goals each time. His best season came in 2016-17 when he put up 26 goals and 61 points.
Hoffman also had a great playoff run with the Senators in 2017 when he had six goals and 11 points in 19 playoff games. He was one of their best performers during their run to the Eastern Conference Final. In 321 career games, Hoffman has 107 goals and 123 assists for 215 career points. He has added seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 25 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Contract wise, Hoffman is signed for two more years at just over $5 million per season. He also has a modified no-trade clause in that contract. Getting Hoffman adds the offence that could make San Jose a serious Stanley Cup contender going forward. With a new team and new linemates, Hoffman will look to try to continue his scoring ways, and help lead his new club on a long Stanley Cup Playoff run next season. With this move, they announce that it is their intention to win now.
Donaghey, 22, played for the Brampton Beast in the ECHL last year. He scored nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in 54 games.
Boedker, 28, is a ten-year NHL veteran who has played for the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, and San Jose Sharks. In 619 career games, he has scored 109 goals and 179 assists for 288 career points. Last season, Boedker had 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 74 games for the Sharks. His possession numbers were 47.2 percent Corsi-For and a relative Corsi of -4.6.
Boedker has two years remaining on the four-year, $16 million deal that he signed with the Sharks in 2016. While the deal carries a cap hit of $4 million per season, he will earn $3 million in salary in each of the next two years, as the contract was front loaded.
“Mikkel Boedker is a competitive, versatile, two-way forward who can play both wings,” added Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He has a track record of playing his best hockey in the most important games, including the playoffs and internationally. His skill set – in particular his speed – along with his veteran leadership fits with our vision for the team.”
Julius Bergman, 22, was the Sharks second round pick, 46th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. The right-shooting defenceman has spent the last three years playing for the San Jose Barracuda in the American Hockey League. He put up 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 65 games last season.
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