Sharks acquire Polak, Spaling in trade with Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs' Roman Polak (46) battles for the puck with Edmonton Oilers' Benoit Pouliot (67) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 11 2016, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have acquired defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling from the Toronto Maple Leafs for two second-round picks and forward Raffi Torres.
The deal Monday comes a week before the trade deadline.
San Jose sends 2017 and 2018 second-round picks to Toronto. Polak and Spaling are set to be unrestricted free agents. San Jose general manager Doug Wilson calls Polak and Spaling ''quality, character players'' to complement a team that's five points out of first place in the Pacific Division.
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Torres hasn't played this season because of suspension and injury. He also has an expiring contract. The second-round picks are in keeping with the Maple Leafs' trend of stockpiling for the future.