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Tyler Toffoli is excited to return to California to usher in a new era for the San Jose Sharks

Tyler Toffoli is looking forward to staying in the same place for a few years.

The veteran forward signed a four-year contract with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent on July 1 and was on the road frequently in the final years of his career.

After being drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Kings in 2010, Toffoli spent eight years in the organization and won the Stanley Cup in 2014. In 2020, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline.

Since then, Toffoli has spent brief stints in Montreal, Calgary, New Jersey and Winnipeg. He is excited to return to the state where he began his career and is likely to stay in one place for more than two seasons.

Last season he scored 33 goals and 55 points in 79 games for the Devils and Jets.

“It’s amazing,” Toffoli said of returning to California. “It’s one of those things where we got the opportunity to sign a contract and we couldn’t say no.”

“It was a good deal for me so that I have some trade protection this time and won’t be transferred on the deadline. Hopefully I’ll stay here for a few more years and then we’ll see what happens later.”

The 32-year-old has been traded four times at the close of trade during his career.

After finishing last in the NHL standings for the 2023-24 season, the Sharks have been busy filling their roster with experienced players to support the incoming young players, led by No. 1 Macklin Celebrini.

In addition to Toffoli, the Sharks have claimed forward Barclay Goodrow off waivers, signed center Alexander Wennberg as a free agent and traded defenseman Jake Walman. Captain Logan Couture and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, both former Sharks, are also staying with the team.

San Jose has a number of promising talents on its team that are expected to be a mainstay of its future, including forwards Will Smith, William Eklund and Kasper Halttunen, as well as defenseman Sam Dickinson.

Celebrini is coming off a strong freshman season at Boston University, where he scored 32 goals and 32 assists in 38 games to become the youngest winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best male player in college hockey.

“You can tell he’s extremely explosive and talented,” Toffoli said of Celebrini. “It’s one of those things where there’s going to be a lot of pressure on him. From what I’ve heard and understood, he’s professional about the game and he’s already a professional. So I’m excited to get on the ice with him and continue that.”

Toffoli is aware of his role in San Jose: He will help the younger players while continuing to contribute on the ice.

“My personal goal is to show up every day and work and try to help win games. And of course (Celebrini) will be a big part of that and the future of the Sharks.”