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
.@SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have acquired defenceman Jake Muzzin from Los Angeles in exchange for forward Carl Grundstrom, the rights to Sean Durzi and Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/3DYt3w0dc1— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 29, 2019
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.
The Maple Leafs got their defenceman.https://t.co/7LKAZQN29x— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 29, 2019
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