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The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night for a first-round pick and two prospects Zach Bogosian Jersey Womens , bolstering their blue line with a Stanley Cup-winning veteran.Los Angeles gets forward Carl Grundstrom and the rights to unsigned defenseman Sean Durzi in the deal, along with a first-round pick in 2019.Muzzin is a steady veteran defenseman signed through next season at a salary cap hit of $4 million. The blue line has been Toronto’s biggest weakness this season, and Muzzin could be a top-four defenseman for the Leafs, perhaps fitting in their top pairing with Morgan Rielly.“The key is his ability to play at the top end of our defense, play in all situations, play against the other team’s top players,” Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas said. “He’s proven himself over a good career now to be able to move the puck, to excel at playing against high-quality competition and to contribute offensively.”The 29-year-old Muzzin has four goals and 17 assists in 50 games this season, struggling at times along with his teammates in the last-place Kings’ miserable year.“I was a little shocked to get the phone call Scott Wedgewood Jersey Womens ,” Muzzin said. “You hear rumblings and rumors and stuff like that and you just continue on with your ways until it actually happens and everything sinks in. Very excited to join Toronto.”His departure is the biggest sign yet that general manager Rob Blake is willing to reboot the roster of a club with just one playoff victory in the past four seasons since its second Stanley Cup title.The Kings (20-26-4) sit last in the Western Conference with 44 points from 50 games.“I think we’re in a position where we’re looking up every day at the standings,” Blake said. “We’re not happy about where we are. We’re not comfortable with where we are, and now we have to make decisions for the best of the organization going forward.”After going undrafted in 2009 and signing with Los Angeles as a free agent, Muzzin played his way into a steady NHL career with the Kings. He was a key contributor during their run to the 2014 title, scoring 12 points in 26 playoff games.Muzzin struggled through the 2016-17 season with 28 points and a minus-21 rating, but he bounced back last season with a career-high 42 points.Blake thinks Muzzin will handle the transition to the Eastern Conference easily after a career in the West.“I think he’s an elite defenseman,” Blake said. “He’s going to bring the physical aspect, but he has poise and patience to make plays. I think the adjustment will come naturally for him because he is a top defenseman.”Grundstrom, 21 Conor Sheary Jersey Womens , was a second-round pick in 2016 and has 29 points in 42 games with Toronto’s AHL affiliate this season. The 20-year-old Durzi, a second-round pick last year, has 28 points in 26 games this season in the Ontario Hockey League. Blake said the Kings like Durzi’s offensive abilities. The New York Rangers will try and find a way to win on the road when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at Bell Centre.The Rangers are road worriers this season with a 3-7-2 record away from home, contrasted with a 10-4-0 record at home at Madison Square Garden.The Rangers will have veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on board against the Canadiens after he and Rangers rookie coach David Quinn addressed the issue that led to Shattenkirk’s benching in the third period during a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.Article continues below ...“Absolutely,” Quinn told Newsday when asked if the benching had been put behind them. “You’ll see him (Saturday) night.”The 29-year-old Shattenkirk was a healthy scratch on Oct. 11. The free agent signed a four-year, $26.6 million contract in the summer of 2017.Quinn and Shattenkirk have a history going back to when Quinn, then an assistant coach at Boston University, recruited Shattenkirk to play for the school. Shattenkirk said they have moved on from Thursday’s drama.“That’s something that’s handled in house, and something that we talked about today and it’s water under the bridge Tage Thompson Jersey Womens ,” Shattenkirk told Newsday. “So we move on. We need to move on quickly — it’s just a tough emotional night, and that’s what it came down to.“He knows how to get the best out of me,” Shattenkirk said. “I know, sometimes, it can feel, as a player, that he’s pushing your buttons. But it’s all for the right reasons. And I have the utmost respect for him and listen to him 100 percent of the time.”The Rangers, battling injuries in the forward ranks, called up right winger Vinni Lettieri from Hartford of the American Hockey League.Alexandar Georgiev Dalton Prout Jersey Womens , the first Bulgarian-born player in the NHL, will get the start in goal for the Rangers. The 22-year-old is 4-3-0 this season and is coming off a 29-save shutout in his last start against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21.The Canadiens (11-9-5) have their own issues. They have lost five in a row (0-3-2), their longest losing streak of the season, though they might have deserved better. They are coming off a 2-1 loss at home to the Carolina Hurricanes in which they had 93 shot attempts.“We were able to have two good practices yesterday and today and the chemistry is still good,” Canadiens forward Phillip Danault told the team’s website. “We’re not going to change our attitude or our system because we lost a game. We haven’t had any bad games. We haven’t played very badly. We for sure have some things to work on, but we’ve done some good things, too.”“We didn’t play badly against the Hurricanes,” Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin told montrealcanadiens.com. “It’s true we’ve lost five straight games, but we’ve always had a chance to win. It’s 82 games. We have to continue working and not giving up.”Canadiens captain Shea Weber will play his second game of the season after offseason knee and ankle surgery. He had 13 shot attempts in his season debut against the Hurricanes.“A good two days of practice Elias Lindholm Jersey Womens , for sure. I’d probably just rather play a bunch of games, get back into games,” Weber told montrealcanadiens.com. “It’s good to practice and get things going that way, but I’ve had time to practice before and it wasn’t the same as a game. The game situations, you have to get in those and live those to get it back.”

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