The Los Angeles Kings found themselves looking hard to their future after failing to reach the playoffs following the 2016-17 NHL season. Management changes led to Rob Blake becoming the team’s new general manager and John Stevens being promoted to head coach.
Even through a transition, the Kings focused their plans on securing their key young players. The team took another step by re-signing Tyler Toffoli to a three-year, $13.8 million deal according to Kings:
The LA Kings have agreed to terms with forward Tyler Toffoli on a three-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
Toffoli’s extension comes a month after the Kings also reached an agreement with Tanner Pearson. Both Toffoli and Pearson lined together alongside Jeff Carter for most of the past season as well as the team’s 2014 Stanley Cup run.
The Kings originally selected Toffoli with the 47th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut during the 2012-13 season. Three years later, he set career highs in goals, assists, and points and was set for another breakout year. However, injuries shortened Toffoli’s season. In 63 games, the 25-year-old scored 16 times and assisted on 18 other goals for 34 points.
With Toffoli back with the Kings, Blake can move ahead and fill out the rest of the roster. Toffoli’s contract has an average annual value of $4.6 million which keeps the Kings under the salary cap. The friendly deal should bode well for the Kings as Toffoli continues to grow.