Maple Leafs acquire Jake Muzzin from Kings

Proof that the Kings are going firmly and decisively down the rebuilding road came Monday when - nearly a month before the National Hockey League trading deadline - they moved arguably their most valuable trade chip, defenseman Jake Muzzin, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2019 first-rounder, plus two prospects, forward Carl Grundstrom and unsigned defensive prospect Sean Durzi.

Considering everything Muzzin brings to the table, the Leafs are getting an immediate upgrade and considering the depth on the wing, losing a prospect like Grundstrom for a player that can help now is worth the price.

The good news for the Leafs is that they didn't have to give up a top prospect like Timothy Liljegren or Rasmus Sandin to get the deal done.

In short, Dubas has made a significant upgrade to the Leafs without touching the current roster.

But Muzzin, a potential unrestricted free agent in 2020, will at least surpass Maple Leafs teammate Jake Gardiner, a potential 2019 UFA, in NHL.com's fantasy defenseman rankings this week.

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The 29-year-old Muzzin has flown under the radar to an extent in Los Angeles in the shadow of Drew Doughty, but has earned a reputation as a solid blue-liner whose first inclination is to take care of his own end.

As for the first-round pick, it's bound to be late.

Forward Carl Grundstrom, the rights to unsigned draft choice Sean Durzi and Toronto's first round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft go to L.A.in return.

A native of Woodstock, Ont., Muzzin played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for four seasons and was a fifth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007.

Muzzin has also appeared in 50 career playoff games, recording seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points, winning the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014.

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