Hoffman avoided arbitration Wednesday and agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with the Senators worth $20.75 million. Hoffman was third on the team in points last year (59) with 13 of those points coming on the power-play. The winger averages over 17 minutes of ice time per game, including 2:27 with the man advantage and has hit the 45-point mark in each of his two full seasons in the NHL. One of the only knocks on the 26-year-old is that he plays in Ottawa, who may have struggled to get wins, but were ninth in goals scored in 2015-16 with 230. Fantasy owners will need to overlook the team's win-loss column and instead focus on their ability to put pucks in the back of the net and consider snatching up Hoffman is he is available.
Hoffman will file for arbitration Tuesday, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. Hoffman could still reach a deal with the Senators even after the Tuesday deadline, but it seems as though, for now, negotiations have reached an impasse. In terms of fantasy value, the winger has had two fantastic seasons, 48 and 59 points in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively, and even a prolonged contract dispute should have little impact on the 26-year-old's on ice productivity.
Hoffman has until Tuesday to file for arbitration, but the Senators would prefer to get a deal done before, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Hoffman is expected to come to an agreement with the Senators, but if not, he has the option of playing hardball. The addition of coach Guy Boucher -- who coached the winger during his time in Quebec Major Junior Hockey -- has been widely touted as a heavy influence in bringing the 2009 fifth-round draft pick back. Ottawa can match any offer Hoffman receives if needed, but expect the 26-year-old to return to the Sens barring an unforeseen issue in negotiations.
Hoffman was tendered a qualifying offer from the Senators on Monday. With the hiring of Guy Boucher as the Senators new head coach, Hoffman's chances of being retained by the team was increased due to a former relationship between the two. Those intentions became even more clear Monday, as the qualifying offer means the team can match any offer Hoffman sees on the free agent market. The 26-year-old winger notched career-highs of 29 goals and 30 assists during the 2015-16 campaign, and it appears he'll likely get the opportunity to build on that progress with the Senators for at least another year.
With the Senators hiring Guy Boucher as their new head coach, Hoffman's chances of sticking with the team have increased, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun report. "Does he have things he can improve? Of course, but I'm so excited to be coaching him again. I know him," Boucher said. Hoffman was coached by Boucher from 2007-09 with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Drummondville Voltigeurs, so the hiring of a familiar face is a step in the right direction for the 26-year-old's status with the Senators. Previous coach Dave Cameron had trust issues with the winger, which boiled out to multiple instances of decreased ice time down the stretch of the regular season. Obviously, this doesn't cement Hoffman being resigned, but if it happens, the 2009 fifth-round pick's best play could be unleashed.
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