Why is he available?
Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t the only Kings player to get scratched. New coach Todd McLellan also scratched 27-year-old Tyler Toffoli. A move that created some buzz around a former 30 goal scorer in the league.
To be fair, Toffoli hasn’t been producing over the last few seasons. Since scoring 31 goals in 2015-16, Toffoli cracked the 20 goal plateau just once. Last season, the former Ottawa 67’s player scored 34 points in 82 games. That 0.41 points per game is a new low for Toffoli.
Before getting scratched, Toffoli had five points in 12 games. Since being scratched he has a goal and four points in five games played. Scratching him worked, for the time being. Which could prove to be beneficial for the Kings when it comes to trading Toffoli.
We all know the Kings are rebuilding, and 27-year-old pending UFA’s like Toffoli are typically traded away for a slew of assets. As long as they produce well. If the Kings were willing to scratch him, they’re probably willing to trade him if the price was right.
Islanders Interest Level: 1/5
As the season started, the Islanders one glaring need was on the right-wing. They had Jordan Eberle, but after him, the quality on the RW depth chart plummeted. Tyler Toffoli is a top-six right-wing in the NHL. So if the Islanders are looking for one now prying him from the Kings makes sense.
That’s why the interest level is a one out of five.
What the Islanders need, assuming Brassard stays on the wing, is a third-line center. Someone who can win a draw, play well defensively, kill penalties, and give you some good secondary production.
The Ottawa Senators have just a player.