The Tyler Toffolio story is an interesting one to watch out of Vancouver. In recent days, he’s gone from “being open” to a contract extension with the team, to today, saying his priority is to stay with Vancouver.
In an NHL.com article, Toffoli is quoted as saying that he wants to sign with the Vancouver Canucks rather than become an unrestricted free agent on Oct. 9. “I want to stay in Vancouver and that’s my No. 1 priority as of right now,” Toffoli said.
This is great news for the Canucks, a team who acquired the forward in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 17, but realized with the pandemic pausing play that they might not get the value out of the player if he didn’t re-sign. As part of the Canucks, Toffilo scored 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 10 regular-season games and four points (two goals, two assists) in seven postseason games. He’s got a long enough track record that the organization should know he can score consistently and extending his is not a risk.
As such, the team has been open about wanting to keep him, so much so that speculation has been widespread they may move other assets to accommodate Toffoli’s expected salary.
And, it’s probably a wise investment.
The 28-year-old has scored 300 points (145 goals, 155 assists) in 525 NHL games in eight seasons. He’s easily going to be one of the more coveted free agent forwards if he hits the market this Fall. But, it doesn’t sound like he wants to test that theory.
Instead, he’d rather speak with GM Jim Benning to gauge the possibility of returning and explained. If the interest or the money isn’t there, then he’ll look elsewhere.
Toffoli Is Prepared to Test the Market
He doesn’t want to, but if he has to, he will. That seems to be the thought process around any future negotiations between Toffoli and the Canucks. “I haven’t really thought about it a whole lot but it’s definitely that time in my life where you have to, and you want the security for yourself and for your family and all those things,” he said.
But, he’s also prepared in case things don’t go the way he wants. “If things progress and not in the right direction, then that’s when I have to think about going to a different place.”
It will be interesting to see if everyone gets what they want here. It is expected in a very strange offseason, not all teams will be that fortunate.
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