Taylor Hall’s recent one-year, $8MM deal with Buffalo is something that many top free agents wouldn’t typically do. While the potential for more money year over year is there by going that route, many prefer the security that a long-term pact provides. However, the current marketplace has made the value of a long-term contract go down so some players may be more inclined to follow Hall’s path. Among those is Mike Hoffman as TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports in the latest Insider Trading segment (video link) that the winger is open to taking a one-year deal but is holding firm at his salary range between $5.5MM and $6.5MM.
The 30-year-old has been one of the stronger goal scorers around the league since becoming a full-time NHL player in 2014-15. Since then, he has 169 tallies which ties him for the 16th most league-wide in that span. Hoffman is coming off of a particularly productive season that saw him put up the best point per game average of his career at 0.86 with 29 goals and 30 assists in 69 games. He has also been among the best at scoring with the man advantage, notching 28 goals in that situation in his two seasons with Florida which helped him land the number four spot on our Top 50 UFA list.
Seravalli notes that at that price point and term, the Bruins, Blue Jackets, and the Predators are among the teams showing the most interest in Hoffman’s services. He added that the Canucks are looking for help on the wing and also have shown some interest in the veteran but that they would have to clear some cap space first to do so; he also pegs the Canadiens as a team in that situation but after their addition of Tyler Toffoli yesterday, the fit with them may not be as strong as it previously was.
Now that Hoffman is willing to accept a one-year deal and try his hand at free agency again next season, it’s also possible that doing so will increase the number of suitors. But it appears that he won’t be coming close to landing a pay raise and some long-term job security which is a reality that quite a few remaining free agents are now facing.