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Mike Hoffman Waiting On an NHL Team, Wants Multi-Year Deal [Rumor]

There is buzz that a Mike Hoffman signing is close but that he might be waiting on a NHL team who has the ability to offer term and money.

As per Nick Alberga of Toronto’s Fan 590, one of the reasons Mike Hoffman hasn’t signed yet with an NHL team isn’t just because no one has stepped forward to offer the money he’s seeking. He’s also out to land term on a deal if possible.

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Alberga notes, “Sounds like hold up in Hoffman talks is term – player wants a multi-year contract.” The Fourth Period is reporting that the t. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators might be interested, but one of the intriguing names to come up is the Vancouver Canucks, who one report suggests Hoffman is actually waiting on to make room to bring him in.

The frontrunners seem to be the Blues as the team has some newfound cap space to work with after the news of Alex Steen’s retirement. It was mentioned late last week by multiple source that the Blues were among the most interested teams.

According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun:

I think the Blues have shown some interest in Hoffman and now with the Alex Steen news, perhaps there’s a fit. The idea being that whether it’s St. Louis or another club being able to use LTIR to create space, Hoffman could find a decent fit that way.

Mike Hoffman NHL free agent
Mike Hoffman NHL free agent

So Is It Vancouver of St. Louis?

Outside of a report from Hockey Buzz that mentions Vancouver, we couldn’t find any other reputable sources that were really behind the whole idea of Hoffman to Vancouver. That said, a number of sources seem to think St. Louis is an option.

If he goes to the Blues, it’s doubtful Hoffman will get more than one year on a contract offer. Even if that’s what happens, he should be able to up his numbers and increase the opportunity to land a bigger deal next offseason.

The 31-year-old sniper scored 29 goals in 69 games last season.

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