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Why the Canucks will have to let Tyler Toffoli walk in free agency

For the first time in five years, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning was able to act as a buyer at the trade deadline.

With the Canucks in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, Benning decided to bolster his top-six by acquiring Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli in exchange for Tim Schaller, prospect Tyler Madden, a 2020 second-round pick plus a conditional 2022 fourth-round selection.

Toffoli made an immediate impact for his new team, recording six goals and four assists in just 10 games. The 2014 Stanley Cup champion proved to be a valuable replacement for Brock Boeser, who missed a month recovering from a rib injury.