Goals cost money and they take up cap space. And over the past six seasons, Mike Hoffman has proved with two teams that he can give you somewhere between 25 and 30 of them. In fact, he scored 36 in 2018-19 and was on pace to score 34 last season before the pandemic hit.

It’s so 2020 that we’re almost a month into free agency and Mike Hoffman has yet to find a home for next season. That’s in part because he wants a term that is longer than most teams would like to give. But with today’s news that Gustav Nyquist could be out of the lineup until early February after undergoing shoulder surgery, perhaps it’s time the Columbus Blue Jackets circled back on Hoffman. Doing so would help them both in the short and long terms.



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