The Montreal Canadiens traded Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames for Emil Heinemann, Tyler Pitlick, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2024 fifth-round pick.
The trade comes this morning following several rumors over the past few days linking the Flames to the right-winger’s arrival as some sort of delay addition. Obviously, there are several weeks left before the deadline, but that gives Toffoli even more time to adjust to the team ahead of a potential playoff run.
Toffoli is having a solid season for a poor Montreal Canadiens team, with 26 points in 37 games. His goalscoring tally is down from last year, with just nine goals, but much of it is down to a regression from his 28 goals in 52 games last season, where he shot 17.7 per cent .
Toffoli is part of an already strong Flames forward group and will likely find himself in a mid-six role on the team. That will likely push Dillon Dubé or Brett Ritchie into a more appropriate fourth-line role for the team, bolstering the team for a strong playoff streak, especially in a weaker Pacific Division.
Tyler Pitlick is the roster’s forward, who was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft before being traded to the Flames for a fourth-round pick. The center appeared in just 25 games for the Flames, picking up two assists in that span, and will likely be more of a body on Montreal’s roster than any real long-term project.
Emil Heineman is a left wing prospect originally drafted by the Florida Panther in the second round in 2020 before being dealt to the Flames for Sam Bennett. Heineman has seven goals and 13 points in 43 games with Leksands IF in the SHL this season, and one assist in four playoff games.
The 2022 first-round pick is protected and will be traded for the 2023 first-round pick if the Flames end up in the top 10 in the draft this year.