According to the latest NHL trade rumors, the Boston Bruins are looking at forwards to trade for and Tyler Toffoli is one of them.
The Boston Bruins, as usual, are Stanley Cup contenders. Entering Jan. 11, they have a 26-8-11 record as they lead the Atlantic Division. However, the Bruins have had it rough lately, as they recently lost 11 of 15 games. According to the latest NHL trade rumors, they are looking to make some changes. One of the players they are targeting is Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli.
This report comes from Elliotte Friedman in his latest 31 Thoughts podcast.
“I’ll tell you this, I do think Boston, if they wanted to, could do a deal for Toffoli almost at any time… I think they know they’ve got that in their hip pocket.”
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Friedman also mentioned New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider as a potential target, though he might be a bit expensive for Boston’s liking. Also, the Rangers aren’t entirely sure if they’re going to trade him. If Boston wants to act quickly, Kreider might not be an option.
Toffoli would be a nice fit for the Bruins. They really need a scoring forward who can help ease the pressure on Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, who have scored a combined 73 of the team’s 151 total goals. Jake DeBrusk (13 goals) is their only forward other than that trio with more than 10 goals.
This season, Toffoli has 12 goals in 45 games. He’s on pace to challenge for more than 20 goals. Toffoli’s 12 goals would rank fifth on the Bruins and he’s doing it while on a team that is struggling to score. The Kings rank 27th in scoring while Boston ranks fifth overall.
Furthermore, Toffoli’s 9 even-strength goals would rank third on the Bruins, who rank 12th in the NHL in 5v5 goals. He’d give them a nice second line scoring option who could help supplement the phenomenal work their top line does. Toffoli could also give their already lethal power play a nice boost.
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It could cost the Bruins a first-round pick to get Toffoli. However, the trade market isn’t really set yet, so it’s hard to tell. A second-round pick plus a decent prospect might do the trick. Toffoli is a skilled player who has experience in the postseason. In short, he’s precisely what the Bruins need.