There was a very significant trade on Monday as Tyler Toffoli was traded to the Calgary Flames. Going the other way is Tyler Pitlick, a first-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and prospect Emil Heineman. His Dobber Prospects profile can be viewed here.
Dobber wrote about the trade yesterday and readers can check out his column here.
For my opinion, while I can see Toffoli going to the top PP unit, there's one thing that's nagging in the back of my head. It's the fact that Sean Monahan has been on the top unit basically all season, with the team rarely using Andrew Mangiapane instead. I don't understand why Toffoli would get pushed right to the top PP unit – especially when this very coach infrequently used him on the top power play in Los Angeles – with Mangiapane never getting an extended look. Maybe they do just go right to the new option but as someone with Bread Boy on a couple fantasy rosters, it would be a tough pill to swallow.
As the resident Habs fan, this feels like a light return. Toffoli's 82-game pace this year is 20 goals and nearly 60 points in a season where his team is last in goals scored per minute. Before that, he had 34 goals in 62 regular season games between Vancouver and Montreal. He is a great offensive player and is no slouch defensively. He is also signed for two more years at just $4.25M per season. Pitlick is for salary purposes and the fifth-round pick doesn't have much value. This is basically 2 ½ years of Toffoli at a well-below-market contract for a late first rounder and a non-top prospect. I would have rather Montreal eat some salary, tell the Flames to keep the prospect and picks, and get a better prospect. Draft capital is great but I've also been a Habs fan long enough to not get excited about them stocking draft picks. Also, what was the rush to do this deal? Do they think this is the absolute most they could ever get for him in the next 13 months? If so, I guess it's fine. I do think this seems a bit fast to pull a deal like this together.
He should thrive in Calgary, fantasy-wise. He should be rostered in every league, too. He is going to look great on that second line. I do wonder if this means the end of the Flames tenure for one of Gaudreau or Tkachuk this summer?
Just a reminder that coming out of the All-Star break, the league has new COVID protocols. Everyone was tested once coming back to their teams following the ASG, but now the only players being tested are either unvaccinated or symptomatic. So, if we see players hit the COVID list – as we