February 26, 2019 | 11:52am ET
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KINGS CAME CLOSE TO MOVING TOFFOLI

 
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Tyler Toffoli, right wing

 

The Los Angeles Kings received interest in some of their players, such as forwards Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli, but the team only came close to moving one, sources told TFP.

Kings GM Rob Blake only completed one move prior to the trade deadline, shipping defenceman Oscar Fantenberg to the Calgary Flames for a 2020 fourth-round conditional draft pick. But he was engaged in more trade talk.

According to multiple league sources, a few teams had expressed interest in Toffoli, including the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins, and while trade talks rose to a significant state with one particular team, a deal failed to materialize ahead of the deadline.

The Kings hoped to move centre Jeff Carter, making him available, but TFP has learned there was minimal interest in the veteran primarily due to his sub-par performance this season.

Toffoli, 26, has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $4.6 million salary cap hit.

He had been the subject of various trade speculation this season, but ultimately the Kings opted to hold on to him.

Given the interest in Toffoli and Lewis, and with Carter being available, the Kings may be active this off-season, perhaps around the NHL Draft in late-June, as they look to retool and reshape their roster for next season.

In 62 games with the Kings so far this season, Toffoli has generated 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points.