Leading goalscorer Hoffman unsure about long-term deal with Sens


This has been a pretty good year for Mike Hoffman, Ottawa’s 25-year-old rookie that leads the team in goals (17) and earned himself a spot at All-Star weekend in Columbus.

But with that success comes questions — specifically, ones about his future and a possible long-term deal with the Sens.

“Depends how long,” Hoffman said, per the Ottawa Sun. “Three years, yeah, no problem. But five and six … it would all depend on the numbers, right?”

A late-round pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Hoffman made his NHL debut in 2011-12 and spent the last few seasons working his way to the NHL level. This year, he’s providing great production on the cheap — a one-year deal at $750,00 — and, perhaps most impressively, has done all his damage at even strength (he sits 10th in the NHL in ESG, with 17, one back of Alex Ovechkin.)

As such, Hoffman expects to garner a significant raise on his new deal, and there’s one contract length the pending RFA has already ruled out.

“I know it’s not going to be a two-year (deal),” he explained. “That’s the only thing I know, because that would put me to UFA after that.

“That’s already been discussed. But other than that, not too much.”