Even though the trade deadline is still a month away, one of the top teams in the NHL wasted no time making a move to bolster their blue line. 


On Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded away forward Carl Grundstrom, the rights to Sean Durzi and their 2019 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for star defenseman Jake Muzzin. 

Dealing for Muzzin is a fantastic move for the Leafs, who sit one point ahead of the Montreal Canadians for second place in the competitive Atlantic Division. 


With Jake Gardiner sidelined with a back injury, Muzzin can slide right into Toronto's second defensive pairing in his first game with the team on Feb. 1 against the Detroit Red Wings, or even get the nod in the team's first line. 

Muzzin is best known for his durability, having played at least 74 games in each season dating back to 2013-14. In 50 games this year, he has scored 21 points off 4 goals and 17 assists. 


In addition to his good numbers, he brings 50 games of playoff experience to a club searching for their first Stanley Cup since 1967. 


The Kings meanwhile are in dead last in the Western Conference and will probably look to deal more stars before the deadline to stockpile picks and prospects for a full-scale rebuild.