The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with their third leading scorer from last season signing Mike Hoffman to a four-year deal worth $20.75 million.
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) July 27, 2016
The deal – which will carry through the 2019-20 season – carries a AAV of $5,187,500 according to Cap Friendly and at just 26 years old, the Sens have locked up one of their core players during what should be the peak years of Hoffman’s career.
Originally a fifth-round pick of the Senators in 2009 (130th overall), Hoffman’s played 186 regular season games over parts of five seasons. He’s scored 59 goals and 113 points over that span and he’s coming off his best NHL season where he managed 29 goals and 59 points in 78 games.
Hoffman finished among the top 30 skaters in the NHL in goals last season – leading the Sens in goals (29) and power play goals (9).
Over the past two seasons, Hoffman’s only missed seven games during the regular season notching 56 goals and 107 of his 113 career points. Those kind of number certainly have the Senators happy after taking the Kitchener native in the fifth round.
The signing allows the Sens to lock up their top goal scorer over the past two seasons and should have fans excited along with the offseason addition of Derick Brassard.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.