Hoffman agrees to three-year, $13.5 million contract with Canadiens


Mike Hoffman agreed to terms on a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $4.5 million.

The 31-year-old forward scored 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 52 regular-season games with the St. Louis Blues last season, and one goal in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

He signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Blues on Jan. 11. 

Defenseman David Savard agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens earlier Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $3.5 million.

The 30-year-old scored six points (one goal, five assists) in 54 regular-season games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He did not score a point in 14 games after he was acquired by Tampa Bay on April 10 as part of a three-team trade that included the Detroit Red Wings. 

He had five assists in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Lightning win the Stanley Cup. 

“I was definitely trying to find the best fit, a team that wanted to have me, and I think Montreal showed a lot of interest right away,” Savard said Wednesday. “And for me it was easy, the way they spoke to us and the way they wanted us to be there and to be a big part of their team moving forward.”

Hoffman was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round (No. 129) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has scored 395 points (189 goals, 206 assists) in 545 regular-season games with the Senators, Florida Panthers and Blues, and 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 33 playoff games. 

Prior to last season, Hoffman had scored at least 22 goals in each of the past six NHL seasons.

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