The Ottawa Senators will have their leading goal scorer back in the lineup next season for a mere $2 million.
Monday afternoon, Senators winger Mike Hoffman was awarded a $2 million salary through arbitration, which is $1.4 million less than his $3.4 million ask heading into his hearing. Prior to the July 30 arbitration hearing, the Senators had offered $1.75 million and it was believed by some the two sides would land on a deal in the $2.5 million range — right in the middle of the two asking prices.
As such, the $2 million award is less than expected, especially considering the 25-year-old Hoffman is coming off of a 27-goal, 48 point season. His 27 goals were the most of any rookie, edging out teammate Mark Stone’s 26, and Hoffman finished sixth in voting for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
His goal scoring total is especially impressive given he skated less than 15 minutes per contest for the Senators, bouncing between the club’s second and third lines.
Hoffman’s one year pact is his third consecutive one-year deal with the Senators.
Drafted in the fifth round, 130th overall, by the Senators at the 2009 draft, Hoffman didn’t make a huge impact in the NHL until this past season, but prior to making the jump to the big league, he had become one of the top goal scoring threats in the AHL.
In 2013-14, a season in which he spent the early season in Binghamton with Ottawa’s farm team, Hoffman scored 30 goals and 67 points in 50 games. However, when he got the call to the big club, Hoffman managed just three goals and six points in 25 contests.
Before having his breakout year in the AHL, Hoffman had seasons of 13 and 21 goals in the AHL. He was drafted out of the QMJHL, where he was a first-team all-star with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in 2008-09 and with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2009-10.