Just a day after the surging Tampa Bay Lightning jump-started the arms race in the Atlantic by pulling the trigger on a deal for Blake Coleman, the Bruins saw another one of their trade targets slip through their fingers — as Toffoli was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Per the terms of the deal, the Canucks (just a point out of first place in the Pacific), parted ways with former Bruin Tim Schaller, prospect Tyler Madden, a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2022 to add Toffoli for a playoff push.
Much like Coleman and Tampa, the Canucks did give up a solid haul in order to add the 27-year-old Toffoli, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. But with Brock Boeser sidelined for at least three weeks with a rib injury and the Canucks looking to clinch their first playoff berth since 2015, Jim Benning and Vancouver's front office took a page out of the Lightning's book and rolled the dice in order to bring aboard a winger on pace for 25 goals and 47 points this season.
With Coleman and now Toffoli off the board, Don Sweeney and the Bruins' pool of available trade targets is starting to shrink with less than a week to go ahead of the trade deadline.