Speaking to San Jose media on Zoom, #SJSharks Mike Hoffman on his time with the #GoHabsGo: “I really enjoyed my time there; it’s a great group of guys, I like the coaching staff & whatnot but I really don’t think I played up to what I’m capable of doing…”
– Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) August 6, 2023
After all, the Habs GM managed to get rid of Mike Hoffman and his contract, which was paying him $4.5 million per season… And he didn’t even have to withhold a portion of his salary to trade him.
Mike Hoffman will continue his career in San Jose. Poor him, we agree… Because with the Sharks, things are likely to be particularly tough next year and the years to follow.
With just one season remaining on the scorer’s contract, it would be surprising to see him sign a contract extension in San Jose, given that the club is likely to end up in the bottom half of the standings for several more seasons.
The former Canadiens 68 wasted no time in introducing himself to his new fans, this afternoon holding a press conference via Zoom. He said what he had to say, and we all agree that it’s often the same tape that rolls when situations like these occur, when we see a player give his first comments following a transaction…
I have a lot of respect for players who don’t hesitate to take responsibility when things go wrong. We all agree that Hoffman never really wowed the gallery, even though everyone on the planet knows how much skill he has to be one of the NHL’s good offensive players…
At least he knows. Because when he signed his three-year contract with the CH in the summer of 2021, Mike Hoffman was expected to come and score goals…
But let’s just say his 29 goals in 134 games with the Habs haven’t lived up to expectations.
Well, Mike Hoffman is leaving, and we’re all pretty happy to see him go, given that he didn’t necessarily fit in with Martin St-Louis’ philosophy, and given that his departure frees up a spot in the CH offensive lineup.
But I seem to see it a little differently. Sure, Hoffman didn’t get the job done during his time in town, but he did add depth to the lineup in the natural scoring department.
It’s a blessing in disguise. Now the CH is left with Caufield as its only “sniper”, and in a league where goals are being scored by the ton these days, that’s something to consider. Already, the CH and scoring goals don’t really fit into the same sentence…
I don’t think we need to worry right away because the Tricolore won’t be competitive for another two or three years. They still have time to get their hands on a guy with a knack for putting it in the back of the net, and if it doesn’t happen this year, it’s not a big deal.
But sooner or later, the CH will have to find another natural scorer. Because, in reality, Caufield won’t be able to support the attack by scoring 80 goals a season for years to come.
– Good point.
Important facts about today’s trade:
– Rutta is pretty slow
– Petry is pretty slow
– Granlund is really slow
– Legare is really slow
– Erik Karlsson is … not slow
Team speed has been a major issue for the Penguins in recent years. It greatly improved today.
– Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) August 6, 2023
– I would have broken everything.
Justin Thomas needed to hit this chip for birdie to be inside the projected Top 70 in the FedEx Cup.
Just watch. pic.twitter.com/xZ8cTuhOM0
– Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) August 6, 2023
– Well done.
Without him, sweeping the Red Sox would have been harder. https://t.co/OWbbRSOb4h
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 6, 2023
– A nice show of respect for Leylah Fernandez. Especially when it comes from the mouth of Venus Williams!