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May 9, 2016 | 1:21pm ET
What does future look like now for Hoffman?

When the Ottawa Senators' regular-season ended, plenty of questions arose over the future of left wing Mike Hoffman.

Hoffman, 26, is a pending restricted free agent, appeared to of come at odds with then-head coach Dave Cameron and reports indicated the Senators would likely shop Hoffman in the off-season.

However, with Cameron no longer the coach in Ottawa -- the Senators have replaced him with new head coach Guy Boucher -- and Pierre Dorion taking over the General Manager duties for Bryan Murray, the team could opt to keep Hoffman.

In 78 games with the Senators this season, Hoffman registered 29 goals and 30 assists for 59 points, all career-high numbers.

It had been reported in March that the Senators were looking to sign Hoffman to a short-term contract, while the sniper's preference is believed to be a long-term deal.

The Senators are still believed to be looking for additional help and could look to add a stay-at-home defenseman to their roster, but trading Hoffman, who has experience under Boucher, for that seems unlikely.

It's unclear how contract negotiations have gone since Dorion took over as GM, but with a new head coach in Ottawa, both parties may have a different outlook on next season.


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