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Canucks deal Merrimack’s Schaller to L.A. Kings

TIM SCHALLER

Merrimack’s Tim Schaller is now a Los Angeles King

Word began filtering out late Monday that Schaller, the former Boston Bruin, was dealt by the Vancouver Canucks along with a prospect and a draft pick to Los Angeles in return for Kings scoring forward Tyler Toffoli.

The Kings will also get prospect Tyler Madden and a 2020 second round pick. The Kings would also receive a 2022 fourth rounder if Toffoli, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, signs with the Kings.

Schaller left the Bruins after two seasons in the summer of 2018, signing a two-year deal with the Canucks for $1.9 million per. Basically a fourth liner, but normally perceived as a vaulable one, Schaller has five goals and an assist in 51 games for the Canucks this season.

He had three goals and seven assists last season for the Canucks, after having a career best 12 goals and 10 assists for the Bruins in 2017-18.

In 274 NHL games with the Canucks, Bruins, and Sabres, Schaller has 29 goals, 28 assists and 92 penalty minutes.

The Canucks are obviously making a move to be more of a threat in the Western Conference, as they were second at last look in the Pacific Division , one point behind first place Edmonton. The Kings are last in the Western Conference with a 21-33-5 mark.

Toffoli put on a show on national television in an outdoor game Saturday night in Colorado Springs with a hat trick against the Avalanche. He has 12 goals and nine assists in his last 28 games, 18 goals and 16 assists overall.

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