The Vancouver Canucks have acquired forward Tyler Toffoli in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. They sent forward Tim Schaller, prospect Tyler Madden and a second-round pick for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to California.
There’s also a conditional pick for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in the mix.
“Tyler brings goal-scoring abilities and is good in battles,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “He has great offensive instincts and experience playing in high pressure, meaningful games. We look forward to adding his skill and strength to the line-up.”
The 27-year-old is due to hit unrestricted free agency this summer. He has 34 points in 58 games this season, including 18 goals.
Toffoli was drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, going 47th overall.
He’s spent 515 games with Los Angeles, accumulating 139 goals and 151 assists for 290 points. His best season to date was a 31-goal campaign in 2015-2016.
Toffoli is a nice pick-up for the Canucks, who’ll appreciate his tenacity on the penalty kill and his scoring touch. He plays a defensive style and should give the club a boost in the playoffs, where his experience will definitely pay dividends. He won a Stanley Cup in 2014 and has 21 points in 47 playoff games.
The Kings aren’t retaining any salary in the trade on account of the inclusion of Schaller.
The conditional pick is kicked over to Los Angeles if the Canucks are able to sign Toffoli to a contract.
Schaller is in his second season with Vancouver and has five goals and one helper in 51 games this year. The Kings will dig his left-handed shot, but you have to know the big piece for them is Madden.
The 20-year-old has top-six forward potential in some prospect pools and should have plenty of outside speed for the Kings, who’re aiming squarely at a much-needed, much-belated rebuild. Madden is in his sophomore season with the Northeastern Huskies in the NCAA and has 37 points in 27 games, good for the team lead.
Photo credit: David Zalubowski/Associated Press