The Toronto Maple Leafs, desperately in need of defensive help, got their man Monday by acquiring defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings. Toronto is on the bottom third of the league in goals against and shot allowed but have been bailed out by excellent goal tending and a prolific offense. The Leafs are gearing up for a big playoff run and Muzzin should be a big help on the backline.
Muzzin, 29, was originally drafted by the Penguins in 2007 but went unsigned until signing an entry level contract with the kings in 2010. Muzzin was a big part of the King’s Stanley Cup championship run in 2014, averaging better than 23 minutes of ice time per game. This year, Muzzin has four goals and 17 assists in 50 games for the last place Kings. At $4 million per year and signed for the next two years, Muzzin is a solid pickup for a draft pick that will be fall late in the round.
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