January 28, 2019 | 7:15pm ET
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MAPLE LEAFS ACQUIRE MUZZIN FROM KINGS

 
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Jake Muzzin, defenceman

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for left wing Carl Grundstrom, the rights to unsigned defenceman Sean Durzi and a 2019 first-round draft pick.

Muzzin, 29, has appeared in 50 games with the Kings during the 2018-19 season and has recorded four goals and 17 assists for 21 points.

In 496 career NHL games, the Woodstock, Ontario native has registered 213 points (51 goals, 162 assists) and 298 penalty minutes. He captured the 2014 Stanley Cup as a member of the Kings.

“We feel this trade was necessary for the future of the organization,” said Kings GM Rob Blake. “Moving Jake was not easy as he has been a key player for us and a significant part of our most historic and memorable achievements. We are grateful for his contributions to the Kings and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Muzzin, who sat No.12 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List, was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He signed an entry-level contract with Los Angeles on January 4, 2010.

Grundstrom, 21, was selected by the Maple Leafs in the second-round (57th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The native of Umea, Sweden, is currently playing for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he has 13 goals and 29 points (13-16=29) in 42 games as a rookie.

Durzi, 20, was selected by the Maple Leafs in the second-round (52nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Durzi, a Toronto native, has eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 26 Ontario Hockey League games with both the Owen Sound Attack and the Guelph Storm.