Heading into their big Atlantic Division tilt with the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal Tuesday, the Bruins had won six straight and hadn’t lost in regulation since October 10 at Colorado. Yet, it appears GM Don Sweeney is still hard at work trying to make his team even better.
As reported here more than once and most recently this past Friday, the Boston Bruins have had a significant interest in Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli on more than one occasion. Well, with the Kings about to have what many will be a season-long firesale of anyone on their roster except for Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, the Bruins are once again doing their due diligence on Toffoli and other Kings players. According to an NHL source, while it’s “exploratory at this point”, the Bruins have again looked into what it may cost to acquire the 27-year-old Toffoli who is in the final season of a three-year contract with an annual cap hit of $4.6 million. The 6’0, 197-pound right winger can become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet and Hockey Night In Canada recently confirmed the trade speculation that Kings GM Rob Blake has indeed put the for sale sign up on everyone but Doughty and Kopitar.
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Toffoli has become a hot name on the rumor circuit again after he was a healthy scratch for the Kings’ 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Wednesday. He did, however, respond to the benching with a two-assist night in a 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks Saturday. He now has three goals and four assists in 13 games this season. With a now pro-rated salary for the rest of the season and the potential to regain the form that has seen him crack the 20-goal plateau three times in his career and with him now playing for a contract, could Toffoli be worth a 3rd rd pick and a prospect if the Bruins could get him at that price?
Another NHL source confirmed to Boston Hockey Now Tuesday that new Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has been receiving plenty of interest in 23-year-old left winger Kevin Fiala. Fiala is in the first year of a two-year deal with a cap hit of $3 million per season. Fiala has been a healthy scratch on more than one occasion this season and being an acquisition of recently fired GM Paul Fenton, there is reason to believe Guerin and his staff would be willing to deal him despite his age and skill. Fiala was drafted 11th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the same draft the Bruins took David Pastrnak 25th overall.
This same source confirmed that the Bruins have had interest in Fiala in the past when he was with Nashville but could not say if they are circling back on him now to potentially make the two 2014 first round picks teammates. This source stressed that Fiala will cost significantly more than Toffoli will.