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Canadiens could be minus veteran forward Mike Hoffman for a month

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

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

Hoffman tallied 17 goals and 36 points in 52 games last season with the St.  Louis Blues, snapping a streak of six straight 20-goal campaigns.

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

The Canadiens open their pre-season slate Saturday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

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

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