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Hoffman: "I'm excited to skate on his line."

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After the Sens' first skate in Sweden, Mike Hoffman shares his thoughts on flanking the team's newest centreman during practice.

On hitting the ice after an overnight flight to Sweden:

Heading into practice, we didn't really know what it was going to be like but Guy was hard on us. It was a tough practice but the most important thing is to get us geared up for our next games here in Sweden.

On skating on a line with new centre Matt Duchene at practice:

I'm excited to skate on his line. He's obviously a very dominant player in this league and we're extremely excited to get him on board. For me, being able to play with him...I think will go over pretty well. He can skate the ice really well and he's great with the puck down low. Having Smith with us is a big addition too. They can work the puck down low and hopefully find me in the slot.

On building chemistry with Duchene:

It'll probably take a game or two but we know he likes to have the puck a lot. He can skate fast so I'm just going to try and keep up with him as much as I can. Hopefully we can build some chemistry and produce some offence for this team.

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