TOFFOLI TRADE SPECULATION GROWING
- Chris Johnston from Sportsnet notes Los Angeles Kings winger Tyler Toffoli is among several notable veterans (including Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook) who were recent healthy scratches.
- He considers them available in the trade market, though Toffoli is younger (27), slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and doesn’t carry contract baggage like the others.
- Johnston suggests Toffoli is a player worth watching near the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
- Johnston’s colleague Luke Fox reports Toffoli’s contract lacks no-trade protection and would be easier to move than an older veteran like Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, or Jonathan Quick.
- The winger acknowledged the struggles that led to his recent scratching fueled the trade speculation.
“It comes with not playing well and not winning games, so whatever happens, happens,” he said.
- Jimmy Murphy from Boston Hockey Now wonders if the Bruins will revisit their previous interest in Toffoli or Carter to bolster their second line.
- He considersToffoli a more affordable option than Carter.
- Much will depend upon Toffoli’s performance, the cost of re-signing him, and whether Kings management believes he has a role in their rebuilding plans.
- General manager Rob Blake could be open to enticing offers.
- If he decides to shop Toffoli it could happen close to the trade deadline to get the best return possible.
Sources & Credits: Chris Johnston, Luke Fox, Jimmy Murphy, Spectors Hockey
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