I get about 100-150 notifications a day from over 50 hockey teams. The Brandon Wheat Kings got sold, Tampa is slapping the Islanders, and Colorado needs a goalie; you know regular stuff. This morning I got an interesting one from Lets Go Flyers! On Facebook. They reported this morning that the Flyers are targeting Mike Hoffman this off-season, to solidify a the top six. Mike Hoffman is going to be a UFA this off-season, was only making about $5 million on his last contract, and is going to be looking for a pay raise.
Mike Hoffman, the Hockey player is great! He had a solid Junior career, playing for The Rangers, Olympiques, Voltigeurs, and Sea Dogs. I appreciate a guy who has a rough road to the NHL and makes it, and does well. He was not selected in the 2008 NHL Draft, and was even invited to the Flyers training camp on a ATO, and was released. He was drafted in the 2009 Draft 130th overall.
He started his career for the Senators with their AHL, who played in Binghamton, New York, also creatively called the Senators. He did win the Calder Cup in his first season, and even spent time with the sorely missed Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. He didn’t become a main stay in the Sens lineup until the 2013-2014 season. He played a solid 4 seasons for the Senators, putting up 104 goals and 120 assists. Then on June 19th, 2018 they traded Hoffman to the Senators along with another player and fifth round pick in exchange for Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman, and a sixth round pick. TWO HOURS LATER the Sharks Traded Hoffman to Florida, along with a seventh round pick. They got back in return they got a fourth and fifth round pick in 2018 and 2019 second round pick. So they Senators traded him out of division so they would have to play against him more than twice a year, and they team they traded him to, got a better return for what they gave up.
My man was a San Jose Shark for two whole hours, they never intended to have this guy in teal. Hell, the Senators got burned to so bad that when they traded Karlsson to San Jose, a condition had to go into it. If the Sharks traded him, they would forfeit a first round pick. Mike Hoffman is a solid hockey player who has put up 172 goals and 187 assists for 359 points in 493 games. He is a set in stone top six forward. Why do I not like him? He would be great in the orange and black!
Well, in 2018. Erik Karlsson’s wife, Melinda, had to file and order of protection against Mike Hoffman’s fiancee. Monika, his fiancee, was harassing Melinda towards about Karlsson’s wife. These would include fake social media accounts and over 1000 negative and awful comments about the couple. She was saying such awful things, going as far as wanting Erik’s legs to get injured and end his career. She even talked poorly about the Karlsson’s unborn son, who was later stillborn. She even had awful things to say about that. The man is a locker room cancer, and its not even his fault.
The Flyers would have to move some major cap to get Hoffman, and honestly I don’t think. If you want an over thirty top six winger, just bring Wayne Simmonds back for a few million.