Potential Montreal Canadiens retool: three targets for Islanders

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Tyler Toffoli
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Tyler Toffoli

The Islanders need goals. I think that's obvious, right? The first target should be a guy who can pop in 20+ goals in a year. Tyler Toffoli put up 28 goals in a 52 game season last year for the Montreal Canadiens. That's a pace of 44 goals in an 82 game year. That on its own sounds like the perfect type of player for the Islanders.

Sure, last year was a weird season with how teams only played strictly within the division. But in Vancouver (post-2020 trade deadline) Toffoli scored six in ten games. Come to the playoffs, the former LA Kings forward has seven goals in 29 games (since 2019-20).

Toffoli can score goals. There's no question of that and could be a good add for the Islanders as they search for more scoring. Toffoli is an obvious target for the Islanders.

Is it just me or does it feels like the 2020 trade deadline all over again?

Toffoli is in the second year of a four years $17 million deal ($4.25 million AAV). Bringing him in doesn't break the Islanders cap situation. And if he can provide offense that cap hit will be worth it.

Why is may not happen?

The only way this doesn't happen is if the Canadiens decide to ask for way too much. And why would they do that exactly? I can't imagine the Habs are going to be giving him away but they certainly aren't in a position to ask for a massive package.