We are a full week into free agency in the NHL and there are still quite a few talented players on the board for someone to snag. The forward group in particular has some players that could make an immediate impact upon arrival. Mike Hoffman is one of those forwards. He has spent the last couple of seasons in Florida and has been pretty consistent with his offensive production.
In the two seasons, he has been a Panther, Hoffman has posted 65 goals and 64 assists for 129 points. Pretty solid production on a lackluster Panthers team if you ask me. Hoffman is still considering the length of his contract as the Taylor Hall decision made an impact on his mind. So the big question is, where should Hoffman sign? Does he take a one year deal like Hall? Here are three teams that should really be in the hunt for his services.
Smashville is looking for some consistency from their team all around. With the goaltending situation still in question of who should be the starter, they need as much offense as possible. They made some major space with the buyout of Kyle Turris so space won’t be an issue. The huge signing of Matt Duchene has been an average signing, but not spectacular as they had hoped at this point.
The dynamic wingers of Forsberg and Arvidsson are not going to carry this team to a Stanley Cup. They need as much depth at this position as possible. Signing Hoffman will be an instant upgrade and help them increase their odds to score on the powerplay, which struggled immensely last year.
I know I know. Here comes the Bruins again. This team is running out of time with their core guys and the young talent they have at forward doesn’t seem ready to take the next step just yet. While Hoffman is usually slotted on the left side, he still could be a huge addition to Krejci’s line. They may have to make some moves either by trading players or asking players to play a different side, but it could work out.
Krejci needs to have some consistency on his lines as it seems that he gets a new winger every game. Why not got after someone who is more than capable of putting up a 30 goal season. It could be a match made in heaven.
It seems from the sound of it that the Jets and Patrick Laine are in the process of moving on from each other. If a deal is made, there is no telling what the Jets would get in return. They would more than likely be looking for a solid defender in return as their blue line is lackluster at best. That leaves a void at the winger position. In comes Hoffman and that problem is solved.
With a center like Scheifele dishing him some pucks, Hoffman can thrive in Winnipeg. He could definitely help put the “win” back in Winnipeg.