Montreal Canadiens Put Mike Hoffman on Injured Reserve

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The Montreal Canadiens have placed forward Mike Hoffman on injured reserve with an upper-body injury retroactive to Saturday. Team officials made the announcement early on Tuesday afternoon.

Mike Hoffman Put on Injured Reserve

Hoffman didn’t play in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins and will miss at least one week according to head coach Dominique Ducharme. It’s not certain when Hoffman got hurt. However, he last appeared in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

He missed the first three games of the season after signing a three-year, $13.5 million deal. The 31-year-old has four goals and seven points in 13 games this season.

Hoffman has played for the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and the Canadiens in his 11-year NHL career. The Kitchener, Ontario native has 193 goals and 209 assists for 402 points in 558 games. Ottawa originally drafted him in the fifth round, 130th overall of the 2009 NHL Draft.

In other Canadiens news, Jake Allen was listed day-to-day with a concussion while Jonathan Drouin returns to the lineup. Allen left Saturday’s game with the Red Wings after colliding with Dylan Larkin. Montreal also placed forward Adam Brooks on waivers.

What it Means

It’s been a nightmare start of the season for the Stanley Cup finalists. The Habs are off to a 4-11-2 start this campaign and have been decimated by injuries. Shea Weber is pretty much retired and Carey Price has yet to play in game this season for the Canadiens. Montreal is playing Samuel Montembault and Cayden Primeau until either Allen or Price are ready to return.

Hoffman is tied for the team lead in goals with Nick Suzuki and Ben Chiarot with four. He’s tied for third in points with Josh Anderson, Brendan Gallagher and Drouin. The Habs would love Hoffman to return soon, but will have to make due without him.

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