Former LA Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has inked a deal with the Canadiens. Also, Trevor Moore creatively uses his hockey stick.
Tyler Toffoli finished his career with the LA Kings by scoring a hat trick in the team’s Stadium Series games against the Avalanche in Colorado Springs. Two days later, the Kings traded him to the Vancouver Canucks, where he would score 10 points in 10 games before the shutdown. In the postseason, he chipped in 2 goals and 2 assists, but the Scarborough, Ontario native is now headed to the Montreal Canadiens on a four-year deal.
Toffoli, 28, was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Kings and made his debut playing 10 games in the 2012-2013 campaign. He transitioned into a full-time role the following year, helping the organization hoist their second Stanley Cup in three years.
During his time in LA, Toffoli scored 139 goals with 151 assists, but as part of the Kings’ rebuild, he was sent off for Tyler Madden, Tim Schaller, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2022 conditional pick. I think Kings fans would have loved had he re-signed with LA on a similar deal, but by the same token, he might potentially block someone in the prospect pool.
The signing comes on the heels of the Canadiens extending Josh Anderson on a seven-year deal after being acquired in the Max Domi deal. With Brendan Gallagher planted on the team’s first line, Toffoli gives Montreal a terrific scoring winger on the bottom-six lines.
LA Kings winger Trevor Moore the snake wrangler?
Check out what Trevor Moore has been up to this offseason, captured by the LA Kings’ social media page on Twitter.
Hopefully, he can find the back of the net just as easily in the upcoming season.
All kidding aside, the 25-year-old put up some excellent numbers with the Toronto Marlies in 2018-2019, scoring 23 goals with 16 assists in 46 games. But that talent has yet to translate over the NHL, tallying 3 goals with 2 assists in 15 games for LA before the shutdown.
And again, the sample size is small, but Moore registered a 46.5 Corsi-for percentage and 43.9 expected-goals-for percentage with the Kings last season. Needless to say, the 2020-2021 campaign will be an important year for him if he wants to remain at the NHL level.
Moore figures to slot into the team’s bottom-six left winger position.