Hoffman’s future with Senators up in the air

All eyes will be on Mike Hoffman this summer.

Will he stay or will he go?

The next stop for the Senators’ high-scoring winger, who had an afternoon exit meeting with GM Pierre Dorion, will be a trip to Mexico Thursday for a post-season vacation. Whether his hockey home continues to be the Canadian Tire Centre remains to be seen.

Though Hoffman professed he’d “love to stay in Ottawa”, the reality is as a restricted free agent — who is in for a big raise and has the right to accept a one-year deal in arbitration — he could be a strong candidate to get dealt if the two sides aren’t able to come to an agreement.

After making $2 million this season, a four-year, $19-million deal that Gustav Nyqvist signed with Detroit may be what Hoffman’s looking at while there’s been talk he’d get $3.5-to-$4 million on a one-year contract in arbitration.


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