Vancouver – In the years of losing, the challenge of getting a good player was the Vancouver Canucks. Now, they can’t leave them.
First-line winger Tyler Tofoli, who was hired as a potential hire from the Los Angeles Kings in February, told reporters on Friday that his “no. 1 Priority “is to re-sign with Kankos before becoming an unregulated free agent in October.
The 26-year-old winger immediately became the best forward in the Canucks, scoring six goals and 10 points in 10 games to play alongside Elias Peterson and Jetty, becoming Miller at the end of the NHL’s short regular season.
Canucks general manager Jim Benning, who handed second-round draft pick and college prospect Tyler Madden to the Kings, said when he traded for Toffoli that he hoped to re-sign a forward who won the Stanley Cup after seven years in Los Angeles. 2014 there.
But there has always been speculation about his desire to return to Southern California, where his wife, Kat Belanger, works for the Los Angeles Dodgers at baseball.
In the final media of a year on Friday, Tofoli made it clear that he would rather stay with Conakry, who was in the Western Conference semifinals before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights a week ago.
“I want to talk to Jim and see where he is and where the team is because his priority right now is No. 1.” “I mean, I didn’t think about free agency at all, but it’s definitely at a time in my life where you have to. You certainly want protection for yourself and your family and for all of this.
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“I want to be in Vancouver, and right now it’s my number one priority. If things are progressing – and not in the right way – then I have to think about moving.”
Toffoli’s announcement is great news for the Canucks, and more legitimacy for a team that is rebuilding around Peterson, 21, defender Queen Hughes, 20, and several other young and mid-career players.
But his willingness to stay put more pressure on Benning to do payroll math for Cancus during the NHL’s flat-cap crisis. Goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom and veteran defender Chris Tenev, Hughes’ blue-line partner and mentor, are also qualified for unregulated free agency and want to stay poor in Vancouver.
Tofoli and Hughes, who are now receiving huge salary increases in a year from now, are represented by Pat Brisson of the Creative Artists Agency, the same agent.
Tofoli suffered a sprained ankle in the first playoff game of the Canucks against Minnesota Wild on August 2, but after 23 days and two series, left himself behind for Game 2 against Vegas.
He had three points in his first game, but managed to score only one goal more than the final five and was clearly hurt.
“I didn’t feel comfortable,” Tofoli admitted Friday. “I couldn’t tell you how I felt (percentage-wise). This is the playoffs; Many people were injured and staffed. I came back and wanted to do everything I could. Obviously, I hope I could have done something more to push the team to the edge.
“The playoffs were a bit disappointing (personally), got injured in the first game and were absent the whole time. But it’s pretty impressive to be able to see all the boys and see how well they played and how well they fought together. I try my best to get back. Did and it was so much fun to feel it with all the boys.
Tofoli is coming out of a three-year contract that pays him .6 4.6 million in one season and his next contract could be-5-6 million annually. (At least, if it’s a regular NHL off-season). That makes a lot of money for someone who has averaged .54 points per game in just the last three seasons and has scored more than 24 goals at once.
Tofoli, however, played a powerful two-way game and continued to occupy his entire career, further improving his linemates.
Tofoli’s old friend and L.A. Linemate, Canucks winger Tanner Pearson said at the same conference call, “I will be biased to the end, but he can certainly help us. “I hope he’s back in the blue again. We’ll see. “
With the exception of Canucks, no one can give Tofoli a chance to play with Patterson, a team that, if it continues to develop and progress, should create challenges for the Stanley Cup over the next few years.
“They have some kids in this organization and some boys who have really taken action and shown that they are ready to take the next step,” Tofoli said. “It’s definitely an exciting time to be in Vancouver and it’s definitely something people want to be a part of right now.”
Asked about keeping Pearson Kane together, he said, “The flat cap doesn’t let anyone out.” “Everyone is hoping we can keep the crew together. Where we came from and we just somehow established a perception in all of us (almost) what we could do if we were all together. We were one win away from going to the conference finals. Hopefully when the time comes, a lot of people will come back.