By Patrick Kelly
After Alexander Steen announced his retirement from the NHL there became a void in the Blues offense. With Vladimir Tarasenko out for an unknown amount of the season, the Blues looked into adding more depth to an already dangerous forward group. They potentially added to that Sunday by signing former Florida Panther Mike Hoffman to a professional tryout contract (PTO). This means that he will try out with the team in their shortened training camp in hopes of making the squad. The chances for Hoffman are more than good with the Blues seeming to make this move to buy time to free up cap space.
Hoffman has been a talented player in the league for a while. Despite being a fifth-round pick by the Ottawa Senators in 2009, he has amassed 50 points in the past five seasons with the Senators and Panthers, totaling 59 points for the latter last year. With the Blues possibly signing Hoffman, this creates endless opportunities offensively. With Robert Thomas looking at top-six minutes and David Perron hoping to continue the roll he was on last season, the Blues are starting to once again shape themselves into a Cup contending hockey team.