By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Calgary Flames acquired right-winger Tyler Toffoli in a trade on Monday. In exchange, the Montreal Canadiens acquired a 2022 first-round draft pick.
The 2022 first-round draft pick has a stipulation to it. The selection is a Top 10 protected. Thus, this means, it must be outside of the Top 10 to go to Montreal.
Also, included in the package was the Flames 2023 fifth-round draft pick. Tyler Pitlick and unsigned player Emil Heineman were also involved.
“We like him a lot,” Flames GM Brad Treliving said of his acquisition. “We’ve liked him for a long time. He’s been a real productive player in the league. He’s still young – he’s still right in the prime of his career. The traction with him having term left on his contract, you have to give to get in this league. We gave up some… You hate parting with draft assets, high draft assets.
“Emil (Heineman) [is] a good player. We really like Emil. We went and got him last year. I think what we gave [up] to get the player shows you that we think it’s a good fit and that he’s a really good player.”
This will be the 29-year-old Toffoli’s fourth team. He previously played for the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings.
He has now been traded for the second time in two years. The Kings traded him to the Canucks on February 17, 2020.
His last game with the Canadiens came in a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 30, 2022. He had one goal and one assist in the game.
The 30-year-old Pitlick joins yet another team. This will be his sixth NHL team in his eight-year career.
His last game with the Canadiens came in a win over the Anaheim Ducks on December 3rd, 2021.
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