Trade Jim was getting back to it, and it wasn’t even a Tuesday.
Joining the trend of other CEOs to get their jobs done before the deal deadline, Jim Benning struck a deal with the Kings of Los Angeles to acquire Tyler toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings.
the Canucks quit prospect Tyler Madden, a 2020 second-round pick, a 2022 fourth-round conditional pick, and Tim schaller in the case.
Toffoli, who turns 28 next month, has led the Kings with 18 goals this season after notching a hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday evening. He was rumored to be on the block, but Benning caught up with him with a week before the February 24 trade deadline.
Analysis of Toffoli’s form with the Canucks
Toffoli’s underlying numbers highlight a powerful forward who suffered some bad luck with the puck.
Maybe his luck was starting to turn before the exchange. He had a hat trick this weekend, as previously mentioned, and now has six goals in his last nine games.
More importantly, Toffoli had an obvious chemistry with Canucks forward Tanner Pearson. Both won a Stanley cup together in 2014 playing on one of the best lines (with one of the best names) at hockey.
As their chemistry on the ice diminished as a center Jeff Carter and the Kings have fallen out of favor, they will likely be reunited in a top-six role alongside another similar center in his prime, Bo Horvat.
Horvat’s line has lacked a right winger for most of the season. Much expected Michel Ferland to play on one of the first two lines, but his health put that roster idea on hold.
As a right winger and a good game driver, Toffoli could also find himself on the front row alongside Elias Pettersson and JT Miller. It would allow Brock Boeser to slip into a second-line role.
Either way, this Canucks offense, which is already eighth overall in goals scored, adds another 20-goal scorer without giving up much (sorry Timmy Schallz) of the roster.
Benning pays the price for an exciting addition
While the addition of Toffoli is tantalizing, there is no doubt that Benning paid a high price to acquire the futures contract.
Tyler Madden was recently nominated for the Hobey Baker Award after his Northeast team won the Beanpot. He has 37 points in 27 games in NCAA action this year.
The Los Angeles Kings, who already have the largest pool of prospects (although lacking a star talent), are adding Tyler Madden via the Toffoli trade.
It’s, like, unfair.
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 18, 2020
Standing at 5’11 “and 152 pounds (according to Elite Prospects) there would always be questions about his height. Of course, the same has been said about Pettersson, but Madden is nowhere near the same level as the Canucks.
Benning also gave up a 2020 second-round pick in the trade. If the Canucks advance to the playoffs this season, they won’t have a choice until the third round of this supposedly stacked draft.
This transaction will still be called into question if the Canucks do not sign Toffoli again. His $ 4.6 million a year contract is hitting the books this summer. As mentioned in other articles, the Canucks will have around $ 19 million, with free agents on hold. Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Troy stecher, Jake virtanen, Josh leivo, Oscar fantenberg, and now, Toffoli, to sign.
It’s going to be an interesting situation to watch unfold in the months to come. For now though, it will be about chasing the playoffs for the players, for the management and for the fans.