Boston’s desire to add scoring depth on the wing is well-known and it appears they’re open to adding a player signed beyond this season instead of necessarily looking at a rental. In an appearance on WGR 550 (audio link), TSN’s Darren Dreger indicated that Kings winger Tyler Toffoli is someone that the Bruins are believed to have interest in. The 26-year-old has struggled considerably this season, scoring just eight times in 50 games despite logging a career-high 17:26 per night. That’s not great value for a player with a $4.6MM cap hit through next season but Toffoli is also someone that certainly could benefit from a change of scenery which makes him an intriguing trade target to watch for.
Elsewhere around the league:
- Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley will be out another seven-to-ten days with as he works his way back from a broken foot, notes Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. The veteran has played in just 31 games this season but a good showing in his return might give Detroit a small chance to move him and get out of the final year of his contract which carries a $3.167MM cap hit. It’s worth noting that on February 16th, his full no-trade clause drops to a 15-team restriction.
- Although Sharks center Joe Thornton has been playing regularly since returning from a knee infection and a broken toe, he still is not fully healthy, head coach Peter DeBoer told Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News. The 39-year-old is logging just 15:31 per game, his lowest since 1998-99. If the issues persist, it could force San Jose to look into bringing in some extra depth down the middle between now and the trade deadline.
- The Department of Player Safety announced (Twitter links) a pair of $5K fines for incidents from Friday night. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov was fined for a trip on Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield while Senators center Zack Smith was hit with a fine for an elbow on Penguins rearguard Marcus Pettersson. The amounts are the maximum allowable under the CBA.