Mike Hoffman signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
The 31-year-old forward had been attending Blues training camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO) signed Dec. 27.
St. Louis opens the season at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).
Hoffman said when training camp began that he joined the Blues because it gave him the best chance to win the Stanley Cup.
“I think that’s what all of us players want,” Hoffman said Jan. 4. “You want to win. I think this team has a great opportunity to do so. They did so a couple years ago (2019), and I think the depth on this team is tremendous. I think they’ve got a very good shot of going all the way again.”
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Hoffman scored 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 69 games with the Florida Panthers last season. He’s one of seven players to score at least 22 goals in each of the past six seasons (Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov, Brad Marchand, Sean Monahan, Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares).
The Blues will look to Hoffman to provide offense with five-time 30-goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko recovering from Sept. 17 shoulder surgery. The forward is expected to be re-evaluated in February.
“Talking to Mike, we started this obviously months ago when free agency started,” general manager Doug Armstrong said at the start of training camp. “A lot of conversations we’ve had with players is that contracts aren’t deemed the value you have in the league, it’s deemed the amount of [NHL salary] cap space that teams have.
“Mike got into a situation where he wasn’t comfortable with some of the offers that he had, so he was willing to look at a shorter-term deal or coming with us on a tryout. Obviously, our plans are to get him signed. Then you start selling what you have, and we believe the strength of our team is down the middle of the ice. … I think when you’re trying to sell a winger to come to your organization, you’re trying to sell the ability to play with good players.”
Selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round (No. 129) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Hoffman has scored 359 points (172 goals, 187 assists) in 493 regular-season games with the Senators and Panthers and 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 29 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
NHL.com independent correspondent Lou Korac contributed to this report