The Boston Bruins have been one of the surprising teams this year in the NHL, as they entered the season not being favored to potentially finish with a high seed in the Atlantic Division. The team has played extremely well that they are one of the teams that could represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins have a record of 29-10-8 in 47 games played (2nd in Atlantic Division).
Now, according to Elliotte Friedman, the Boston Bruins are looking to add more help on the wings. They are hoping they can find a way to land Mike Hoffman.
The Bruins should pursue him as Zdeno Chara’s career is near the end and they would love to get one more championship with him. So, why not go all in for the fellow Senator?
So how does Mike Hoffman help the Bruins?
We’ll first off, Mike Hoffman would bring more versatility to the Bruins. The 28-year old two-way forward can play on any line asked to do so, plus he could give head coach Bruce Cassidy options when mixing up the lines by lining Hoffman up either as a left-winger or as a center.
Hoffman also helps the team by making them better all-around. The lines get stronger and you have a chance on winning the Stanley Cup.
Next, Mike Hoffman has tallied up from 2014 to 2017 a total of 82 goals, 86 assists on an average ice time of 16:32 in 231 games. This shows the Bruins that he can produce at a solid rate and with the current roster, Mike Hoffman can explode on the scene.
This year, Hoffman has struggled a little bit, but the Senators in general has not been the same since that heartbreaking loss in game seven against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hoffman has picked up 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points on an average ice time of 18:13, which is a career high for him. He has appeared in 47 games.
Also, Hoffman is locked up under team control through the 2019-20 season, which would give them a player for a few more years instead of a rental for half a season.
Furthermore, why would Mike Hoffman not work out for the Bruins?
Well, he will work out from a production level on the ice, but it would not work due to the demand it will cost the team to land him and pay him, unless they dump a guy like Adam McQuaid and a high pick in an upcoming draft with one good prospect or two decent ones onto the Senators.
The future (prospects and draft picks) will take a hit, but not as big of one like Evander Kane would cost a team, Plus Mike Hoffman is a good locker room guy.
The Kitchener native is making a solid $5.1875 million on an annual basis per year, which is tight for the Boston Bruins, as that is right up against the Bruins current projected trade deadline cap space.
Finally, chemistry is another factor why it might not work, as the Bruins are a hot team entering this small break period. They finished their last team games 8-0-2. As the saying goes, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Currently, the Bruins aren’t broken, but Hoffman would be a nice piece to add.
Verdict: I would try to pursue Mike Hoffman, but do not over pay for him unless you can find a way to get the Senators to retain a small amount of Hoffman’s salary and give up a lesser draft pick or prospect.
Proposed Scenario #1:
F Mike Hoffman
F Ryan Spooner
2018 second-round pick
2019 second-round pick
(retain half of Mike Hoffman’s salary, so they do not have to take on another player making more than $2.5 million)
Proposed Scenario #2:
F Mike Hoffman
2019 third-round pick
F Anton Blidh
D Adam McQuaid
D Jakub Zboril
2018 first-round pick