Mike Futa knows what Los Jens Muzzin loses in Los Angeles Kings.
The Deputy General Director of the team met first with defenseman more than a decade ago when Muzzin was a member of Sault Ste of OHL. Marie Galgos. Muzzin finally became a defender of the NHL of four quality levels that was a "black ace" during the 2012 Kings Cup race, then played a vital role in the blue line with Drew Doughty when they won again in 2014.
Muzzin was also one of the first defenders to be rewarded with a long-term lucrative contract, thanks in large part to his strong possession and shooting methods.
The 29-year-old moved to Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday for striker Carl Grundstrom, the rights of the defunct non-signed Sean Durzi, plus a first-round draft of 2019.
The Kings, currently in the last place of the Western Conference, are about to experience a bit of reconstruction so that Muzzin can not be surprised. Even so, Futa will lose her.
"I was very lucky to run to Jake when I was a free agent [in junior] and he was surprised and I fell in love with him as a player and, our development team, we ended up signing it as a free agent and I took him, "explained Futa during a Tuesday match at Prime Time Sports. "He did a wonderful job in our development team, he did an incredible job, and turned out to be an incredible part of the success we had."
Trade occurred one month before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, which should benefit the Maple Leafs during the stretch, as they seek to guarantee the home-ice advantage in the playoffs for the first time time since 2004
The current Muzzin contract goes through the 2019-20 campaign, so it is not a rental player situation either.
In fact, Futa described Monday trading as "an exceptional deal for both teams" and is pleased with the three pieces that the Kings achieved in return.
"Obviously, look at the classification, it does not look like it's a great first-round pick, it's a first-round pick and we think we've done it very well with the two prospects we've acquired and Toronto achieves an amazing child that is a champion, "said Futa. "It is another piece to achieve the goals that Jake achieved here as a king of Los Angeles."
Grundstrom is not very well prepared for the NHL, but it's close.
"It will start in Ontario with our team in the American League," Futa said in giving her assessment about Nadea's native, 21-year-old. "Swedish players are honest and honest players and it is a boy we see as an honest and sixth-level hockey player to play in the National Hockey League. It will produce. It plays a tough and heavy game, but has some speed, has a character, has a lot of familiarity [countryman] Adrian Kempe.
"We have done homework in him. We liked it in his" # ~ "year project."
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Futa added that the management of Kings is satisfied with the progression of Grundstrom and gave credit to coach Toronto Marlies Sheldon Keefe and his staff. Grundstrom, a 2016 second round pick, had eight goals and 14 points in 20 playoff games on the way to winning a Calder Cup with Marlies a season ago.
There is some familiarity with Durzi within the organization of the Kings, also, as Reis's amateur scout, Bryan Denney, was the manager of the players' staff with the Owen Sound Attack when Durzi goes be drafted in OHL.
"We really know we have two very senior guys that we knew personally and felt comfortable, and we think that they will be great adaptations for our future," added Futa. "There is still a lot of work to do, but we are happy with our team of development and things that we are going to be able to have a good real swing, especially with Durzi.
"It has great offensive power, but it is a work in progress. It has had some problems of injury and durability has been a bit of a problem, but a tall and high-caliber kid. Now it's up to us Make sure that the first round selection, either 20 or 30, is someone who also works for our future. "