Maple Leafs trade Ashton, Broll to Lightning for draft pick
TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.
Ashton, a 2009 first-round draft pick by the Ligthning, has no points in seven games this season for the Maple Leafs and served a 20-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Broll, a sixth-rounder in 2011, played five games for Toronto last season and has split time this season between the AHL's Marlies and ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears.
By unloading Ashton and Broll, the Leafs cleared space that allows them to acquire two more contracts before the March 2 trade deadline. The NHL limit is 50, and this trade gets them to 48.