Hoffman may be allowed to test free agency this offseason, per Pierre LeBrun of TSN. Hoffman is coming off his sixth straight 20-goal campaign and could see his next contract exceeded only by that of Taylor Hall. While it sounds like the Panthers are willing to bring the winger back into the fold, new general manager Bill Zito is apparently willing to risk losing Hoffman in order to avoid overpaying for him .
Hoffman scored a power-play goal during Friday's 5-1 loss to the Islanders in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier. The 30-year-old lit the lamp for the third straight game, giving the Panthers a little bit of life late in the first period before the game was out of reach, but it was all the offense the team could muster even in an elimination game. Hoffman racked up three goals and five points in four playoff contests, and after just missing his second straight 30-goal campaign during the abbreviated regular season, he should remain an integral part of the Florida attack next year.
Hoffman scored a goal and assist, both on the power play, during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Islanders in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. After helping to set up Erik Haula for the game's opening goal early in the second period, Hoffman wired a one-timer over Semyon Varlamov's glove 41 seconds into the third. The 30-year-old has posted back-to-back two-point performances, but Hoffman may need to stay hot Friday for the Panthers to force a Game 5.
Hoffman scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier. After being held off the scoresheet in Game 1, Hoffman's early offense staked the Panthers to a 2-1 lead, but it was all Isles for the final 30 minutes. The veteran forward will need turn in another strong effort Wednesday afternoon if Florida is going to avoid being swept.
Hoffman racked up 59 points in 69 games prior to the league going on hiatus in mid-March. The former Senator's second year in Florida has essentially been an extension of his first, as he's produced at the exact same rate (0.86 points per game) as last season's 70-point effort. Hoffman has also tidied up his plus/minus to the tune of a minus-5 after the hideous minus-24 mark in 2018-19. It's important to note that he's actually received a full minute less of ice time (16:50 vs. 17:50 last year) but has still managed to produce at the same clip, so it appears that life is good for Hoffman under decorated head coach Joel Quenneville.
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