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TYLER TOFFOLI REPORTEDLY WANTED TO STAY IN VANCOUVER BUT WAS NEVER OFFERED A CONTRACT

JUN 8, 2021  (17H49)      COLTON PANKIW
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From the very second Tyler Toffoli signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning was criticized heavily by media.

The criticism was warranted given that the 29-year-old signed a very team friendly four-year, $17 million contract. It only got worse for Benning as the season went on, as Toffoli had what would've went down as a career year had the season not been shortened to 56 games. Still, he was incredible in the shortened year with 28 goals and 44 points in 52 games. As if the outcry over the Canucks letting him go wasn't bad enough already, Rick Dhaliwal of The Athletic came out with a report today that will make things even worse.

According to Dhaliwal, Toffoli wanted to remain a Canuck and instructed his agent at the end of the 2019-20 season to get a deal done. However, it appears the Canucks didn't have the same interest, as they never even offered him a contract. This is absolutely ridiculous asset management for a team who traded a very solid prospect in Tyler Madden, along with a 2020 second-round pick, a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick and Tim Schaller in order to acquire Toffoli at the 2020 trade deadline. It wasn't as if Toffoli was bad in his small sample size with the Canucks either as he had six goals and 10 points in 10 regular season games.

Whatever Benning was thinking here, he clearly made the wrong choice and that choice played a big reason in why the Canucks regressed this season. While it appears the team is going to keep him around for next season, this has to make the leash even tighter on him given some other errors he made last offseason. If the team starts out poorly in 2021-22, he will likely be out of a job sooner than later.


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