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LA Shouldn’t Need to Break the Bank on Tyler Toffoli’s Extension

May 16th, 2017 at 5:37 PM
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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Toffoli has plenty of reasons to be in a good mood right now.

The Los Angeles Kings were able to sign Tanner Pearson to a reasonable, team-friendly, and painless four-year contract last week, and Toffoli has often been at his best for LA while skating with Pearson. A recent, “minor” knee procedure went well and he’ll be ready for training camp. He even got engaged! Oh, and there’s this: the Los Angeles Kings have at least $10.8 million of cap space going into the summer. And, yes, Toffoli will be getting a decent portion of that money.

There has been speculation that Toffoli’s decline in production this past season would make LA more likely to drive a hard bargain in negotiations this summer. I don’t think Toffoli’s value has changed much, though. For one, agent Pat Brisson claimed that Toffoli “played on one leg” in 2016-17, and injury certainly contributed to this. The larger point, though, is that I think both the Kings and Toffoli realize how important he is to the Kings’ ability to contend next year and down the road, regardless of how many points he had this season. (34, in 63 games, for the record.)

So what should we expect Toffoli’s new deal to look like? Let’s revisit an article I wrote last summer about the impending negotiations. We mentioned five comparables for Toffoli, and they all signed new contracts in the offseason. Looking at them a year later should give us some …

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Tags: Chris Kreider, Colorado Avalanche, Hoffman, I wrote last summer, Jaden Schwartz, Los Angeles Kings, Mark Scheifele, Mike Hoffman, Nathan MacKinnon, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Winnipeg Jets

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