Habs will be without Mike Hoffman for 4 weeks due to lower-body injury

Mike Hoffman out 4 weeks.

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May 5, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues center Mike Hoffman (68) scores a power play goal in a game against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Hoffman will miss up to four weeks with a lower-body injury sustained during the offseason, coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed Saturday.

Montreal signed the 31-year-old free-agent forward to a three-year, $13.5 million contract in July.

Canadiens lose Hoffman for 4 weeks

“It’s still not clear,” Ducharme explained on the injury. “We’re looking more at four weeks, just to be sure so early in the season.”

Hoffman tallied 17 goals and 19 assists in 52 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. That total snapped a streak of six straight 20-goal campaigns.

He has posted 395 points (189 goals, 206 assists) in 545 career games with the Ottawa Senators (2011-18), Florida Panthers (2018-20) and Blues.

The Canadiens open their preseason slate Saturday night against the host Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hoffman’s timeline means he will likely miss Montreal’s regular-season opener, also at Toronto, on Oct. 13.

–Field Level Media