St. Louis Blues sign Mike Hoffman to one-year deal

Expected to provide an offensive jolt for St. Louis after recording 59 points in 69 games last season for the Florida Panthers

Then-Ottawa Senator Mike Hoffman, pictured in 2017. PHOTO BY JEAN LEVAC /Postmedia News files

Then-Ottawa Senator Mike Hoffman, pictured in 2017. PHOTO BY JEAN LEVAC /Postmedia News files

Reuters

Forward Mike Hoffman signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the St. Louis Blues, the team announced on Monday.

Hoffman, 31, had joined the Blues’ training camp on a professional try out contract on Dec. 27.

He is expected to provide an offensive jolt for St. Louis after recording 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 69 games last season with the Florida Panthers. Hoffman is coming off a four-year, $20.75 million contract.

Hoffman collected 359 points (172 goals, 187 assists) in 493 career games with the Ottawa Senators and Panthers. He was selected by the Senators in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Veteran defenceman Bouwmeester retires

Veteran defenceman Jay Bouwmeester told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun he has retired in an article on The Athletic Monday.

Bouwmeester hadn’t played since collapsing on the St. Louis’ Blues bench in a game against the Anaheim Ducks last February, suffering a cardiac episode.

“Oh yeah,’’ Bouwmeester said when LeBrun asked if he was done playing in the NHL. “I knew I was done essentially when it happened, to be quite honest.’’

Bouwmeester will end his career with 1,240 regular season games played split between the Blues, Calgary Flames, and Florida Panthers, who drafted him third overall in 2002.

The 37-year-old recorded 88 goals and 336 assists and won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019. Bouwmeester also won an Olympic gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Games.

 

 

Bouwmeester had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placed in his chest and started taking medication after the episode. He told LeBrun he is doing well for the most part.

“I’m feeling ok. I wouldn’t say it’s been totally smooth sailing but generally, I’ve been pretty good. I’ve generally been able to do whatever I want to do and I’ve stayed pretty active.’’