Pierre-Luc Dubois headlines big trades before NHL Draft

The Los Angeles Kings are acquiring forward Pierre-Luc Dubois in a sign-and-trade deal with the Winnipeg Jets, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Dubois and the Jets finalized an eight-year extension worth $68 million ahead of the trade. Dubois was a restricted free agent. He played the 2023-23 season on a one-year, $6 million deal.

Pierre Luc-Dubois to star in L.A.

The Kings sent forwards Gabriel Vilardi, Alex Iafallo and Rasmus Kupari to the Jets, according to The Athletic and Sporting News.

Dubois, who just turned 25 on Saturday, tallied a career-high 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 73 games last season, his third in Winnipeg. He has 302 points (129 goals, 173 assists) in 434 career games with Columbus (2017-21) and the Jets.

The Blue Jackets selected Dubois No. 3 overall in the 2016 draft and traded him to Winnipeg in January 2021.

Vilardi, 23, recorded 41 points (23 goals, 18 assists) in a career-high 63 games last season. He has 78 points since being selected No. 11 overall by the Kings in the 2017 draft.

Iafallo, 29, has spent all six career seasons with the Kings, recording 204 points (85 goals, 119 assists) in 420 games.

Kupari, 23, appeared in a career-high 66 games last season, posting 15 points (three goals, 12 assists).

Devils land Tyler Toffoli, trade MacKenzie Blackwood

Tyler Toffoli
Feb 26, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) during the face off against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the Calgary Flames on Tuesday in exchange for forward Yegor Sharangovich and a third-round pick in this week’s NHL draft.

Toffoli, 31, is coming off the most productive season of his 11-year NHL career. The center played in all 82 games for Calgary in 2022-23 and set career highs in goals (34), assists (39) and points (73).

Toffoli is entering the final year of a four-year deal originally signed with the Montreal Canadiens. In 515 career games with the Los Angeles Kings (2012-13 to 2019-20), Vancouver Canucks (2019-20), Canadiens (2020-21 to 2021-22) and Flames (2022-23), Toffoli has tallied 290 points (139 goals, 151 assists).

Sharangovich, 25, was a fifth-round pick by the Devils in 2018 and is set to become a restricted free agent. In three seasons with New Jersey, he had 106 points (53 goals, 53 assists) over 205 games. He had 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 75 appearances last season.

The pick going to Calgary, No. 80 overall, originally belonged to the Flames and was passed along to the Seattle Kraken, Columbus Blue Jackets and Devils in prior trades.

The deal marked New Jersey’s second trade of the day. Earlier, the Devils offloaded goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

Blackhawks get Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno

The Boston Bruins traded former Hart Trophy recipient Taylor Hall to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

In addition, unrestricted free agent Nick Foligno went to Chicago in exchange for the rights to restricted free agents Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula, according to the Daily Faceoff.

The move allows the Bruins to shed the remaining $6 million of Hall’s salary.

Chicago was not part of Hall’s 16-team no-trade list, allowing the Bruins to consummate the trade without his permission, per reports.

Hall, 31, was the No. 1 overall pick of Edmonton in 2010. He tallied 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 61 games last season. He has 693 points (264 goals, 429 assists) in 822 career games with five teams, starting with six seasons with the Oilers. He won the Hart Trophy in 2017-18 while with the New Jersey Devils.

He also played a half-season each with the Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres before Buffalo traded him on April 12, 2021, with Curtis Lazar for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.

Foligno, 35, just completed his 16th season in the NHL, the past two in Boston. The winger has 525 points (215 goals, 310 assists) in 1,081 career games with four teams, including the Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-21). He was selected No. 28 overall by Ottawa in the 2006 draft.

Mitchell, 24, tallied eight points in 35 games last season for Chicago. Fellow defenseman Regula, 22, played in just four games with the Blackhawks and didn’t register a point.

Flyers unload Kevin Hayes to Blues

The Philadelphia Flyers moved forward Kevin Hayes to the St. Louis Blues for a 2024 sixth-round draft pick, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The Flyers retained 50 percent of Hayes’ salary on the remaining three years of his contract, per the reports. Each team will incur a cap hit of roughly $3.57 million in 2023-24. Hayes signed a seven-year, $50 million extension with Philadelphia in July 2019.

Hayes, 31, tallied 54 points (18 goals 36 assists) in 81 games this past season, his fourth in Philadelphia.

The former first-round pick (No. 24 overall in 2010) has 386 points (155 goals, 231 assists) in 634 career games with the New York Rangers (2014-19), Winnipeg (2019) and Flyers.

Habs grab Alex Newhook

The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Alex Newhook from the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in exchange for a first- and second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Gianni Fairbrother.

The Avalanche picked up the 31st and 37th picks in the draft, which begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

Newhook, 22, recorded 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) while playing in all 82 games last season with Colorado. The Newfoundland native has totaled 66 points (27 goals, 39 assists) in 159 career games since being selected by the Avalanche with the 16th overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Fairbrother, 22, sat out all of last season due to a knee injury. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native has yet to make his NHL debut since being selected by the Canadiens in the third round (77th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media