Although Tyler Toffoli didn’t even spend two full years with the Habs, he quickly became a crowd favorite. The man who played an important role in the CH’s playoff run in the summer of 2021 scored goals by the ton in town, and above all, he had a charismatic personality.
However, in February 2022, Kent Hughes traded him because the player’s value was high and the Tricolore was starting to rebuild. The return (a first-round pick and Emil Heineman, among others) was tempting, but it was a beloved guy who was leaving the club.
And in the end, it wasn’t just the fans who were sad: Toffoli would also have liked to stay in town longer. In fact, he expected to spend all four years of his contract in Montreal.
That’s what he revealed on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast.
On the other hand, Toffoli knew that the fact that his value was good would probably send him elsewhere. The departures of Shea Weber and Carey Price forced the club to rebuild, and trading him was a good decision for the club’s future.
I’d really like to have kept Toffoli, who was an excellent player during his time in town (and who just had a great season in Calgary), but he’s likely to slow down before the Tricolore’s next competitive window.
– NHL (@NHL) June 30, 2023
At the same time, Toffoli has enjoyed individual success in Calgary. What’s more, he’ll have the opportunity to aspire to the Stanley Cup this year, having been traded to the young New Jersey Devils, who seem ready to win right now.
It’s still nice to know he loved Montreal so much, though. Not every player wants to sign in the city, but Toffoli clearly doesn’t regret his decision, even if he may not have spent as much time in Montreal as he would have liked.
And who knows, maybe we’ll see him in a CH uniform again in a few years’ time…
– Chantal Machabée joins the long list of people who have marked the passing of Yvon Pedneault.
Very sad to hear of Yvon’s passing. We are losing one of the greats of the sports media world. His passion and rigour made him one of the most credible journalists and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. I am privileged to have worked with him at RDS. RIP 🙏💔 https://t.co/s4ZHMRmNvu
– Chantal Machabee (@ChantalMachabee) August 26, 2023
– Devon Levi is ready for next season.
Looks like Devon Levi’s ready for the season to start. 😳
– NHL (@NHL) August 26, 2023
Inter Miami still hasn’t lost with Lionel Messi, and now the club is projecting $200 million in annual revenue.
That’s 4x more than they brought in last year.
It would be an MLS record (by a mile), and it puts them on par with teams like Newcastle United & Aston Villa.
– Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) August 26, 2023
– He seems to have avoided the worst.
– Too bad.