The Los Angeles Kings made the biggest move post NHL All-Star break Monday afternoon as they announced a blockbuster trade.
Kings trade details
The Kings sent defensemen Jake Muzzin to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Carl Grundstrom, defensemen Sean Durzi and Toronto’s 2019 first round draft pick.
Kings-Leafs announce trade. https://t.co/JSPenCSFR8
— LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) January 29, 2019
This move surely kicks off the Kings rebuilding efforts as they have been mired this season in the basement of the NHL.The 29 year old Muzzin has been a bright spot, though, for the Kings. He averaged 21 minutes per game and is second behind Drew Doughty in goals (4), assists (17), and points (21) among Kings defensemen.
Muzzin has only ever been in the Kings organization since he signed with the team as free agent 2010. During his eight years in Los Angeles, Muzzin has played top pairing minutes.
Muzzin’s greatest contribution as a Kings player was part of the 2014 Stanley Cup winning team where he scored six goals and had 12 points. He also had the game winning goal in game two of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Muzzin was also among the goal scorers in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers that gave the Kings an insurmountable 3-0 in the series the Kings ultimately won in five.
Muzzin leaves the Kings as top 10 among defensemen in games played (496), goals (51), and points (213).
In a conference call with Los Angeles media general manager Rob Blake confirmed Muzzin’s worth as the Leafs were willing to part with their first round pick.
Blake: 'First-round pick was an important part' of the return for Muzzin.
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) January 29, 2019
Grundstrom is a 21 year old prospect from Sweden. He lead all rookies last year in playoff scoring (14 points) in the American Hockey League as the Toronto Marlies won the Calder Cup. It is likely rhat Grundstrom stays in the AHL assigned to the Kings minor league team the Ontario Reign.
Durzi was the Leafs second round draft pick in 2018. Currently, the 20 year old Toronto native is playing in the Ontario Hockey League with the Guelph Storm. It is likely he will continue his development down in junior hockey.
Trading Muzzin is likely not the last move the Kings make as they finish off this disastrous season. Look for them to make more moves to secure their future.