Mike Hoffman Signs Professional Tryout

Mike Hoffman was seen as one of the best free-agents of his class and the veteran forward has decided to sign a professional tryout agreement with the St Louis Blues.

The Blues have lost Alex Steen, who retired, and Vladimir Tarasenko to long-term injury, so the move of adding Hoffman and his goal scoring abilities make a ton of sense. The 31-year-old sniper scored 29 goals last year with the Florida Panthers, following up a 36-goal campaign the year before. Expect Hoffman to carry on lighting the lamp for the Blues as he'll play lots of minutes on their power-play.

We had been tracking Hoffman to the Blues for a few weeks now, and not surpringsly the deal was reached, but what was surprising were the terms. 

Hoffman will join the Blues January 3rd to begin training camp. As per the NHL.com, Hoffman will remain able to sign a contract with any NHL team while the PTO is effective. The PTO expires at the end of training camp.

All things considered, there's a one-year deal coming for Hoffman from the Blues once LTIR comes into effect for the upcoming season.

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