The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Mike Hoffman to a three-year deal worth $13.5 million. The contract carries a salary-cap hit of $4.5 million.
This deal isn’t signed yet, but that’s where it is headed.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 28, 2021
Mike Hoffman Signs With Montreal
The Blues picked up Hoffman this offseason to try to boost their offence for the 2020-21 season. Hoffman struggled this season with the Blues as they struggled to just make the playoffs. In 36 games, he only has 21 points (nine goals and 12 assists). Only on the ice for just over 15 minutes per game, he’s seeing the least ice time per game since his first full season with the Ottawa Senators. His Corsi is 48.3 percent, with a relative Corsi of -0.4. Over his 10-year career, Hoffman has played 529 games over three teams. He’s put up 380 points, made up of 181 goals and 199 assists.
For the Canadiens, they’re gaining a veteran presence who still has plenty left in the tank. A consistent 20-goal scorer, Hoffman is dynamic enough to spark a struggling offence or add to an already elite one. He was severely underperforming in St. Louis, noted by his healthy scratch on March 28th against the Anaheim Ducks. The Canadiens consistently struggled to find goal scoring this season especially in the playoffs. They hope Hoffman can get back to his former self.
The Canadiens have been linked to Hoffman ever since the season came to an end. With the addition of Hoffman, the Canadiens will try to be a more offensive team. He joins players like Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson, and Jonathan Drouin. Not to mention the Canadiens will have a full season of Cole Caufield, who played well with Nick Suzuki when he entered the lineup during the playoffs. It will be tough for Montreal not to have Shea Weber for the season, but the addition of David Savard and others have given the Canadiens a chance to compete in the Atlantic Division this season.