The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft.
The deal frees up two contract spots for the Leafs, who were at the maximum of 50.
Ashton appeared in seven games for the Leafs this season registering a minus-3 rating. The 23-year-old was also suspended 20 games earlier this season after testing positive for a banned substance.
Originally a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009, Ashton was dealt to the Leafs in February 2012 for defenseman Keith Aulie.
In 12 American Hockey League games this season, Ashton has four goals and eight points with the Toronto Marlies.
Broll has split this season between the Marlies and the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. The 22-year-old appeared in five NHL games with the Leafs last season registering an assist.
Both players will likely report to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Big day in Toronto.
First, to the surprise of few, the Maple Leafs announced that Peter Horachek has been named the club’s interim head coach following yesterday’s dismissal of Randy Carlyle. Horachek, who had previous head coaching experience in Florida, will run the bench along with Steve Spott and ex-NHLer Steve Staois, who’s headed down to ice level after serving in a player development role.
Horachek’s first order of business as bench boss? Shuffling the lines ahead of tonight’s game versus Washington.
Daniel Winnik was promoted to a more prominent offensive role alongside Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel, leaving Kessel’s frequent running mates — James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak — to skate with Mike Santorelli.
Trevor Smith centered Leo Komarov and David Clarkson, while recently-recalled Sam Carrick centered the fourth line, which featured Richard Panik, Greg McKegg and Carter Ashton.
Today’s morning skate also had a few new onlookers:
In goal, Jonathan Bernier will start against the Caps tonight after James Reimer was torched for five goals in Saturday’s disappointing loss in Winnipeg.
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Carter Ashton makes his return to the Leafs’ lineup tonight as Toronto visits the Florida Panthers.
According to TSN Radio’s Jonas Siegel, Ashton will be on the Leafs fourth line replacing Trevor Smith.
Ashton has not played since he was suspended 20 games for testing positive for a banned substance.
He was eligible to play as of Dec. 20.
The 23-year-old’s last game action was a Nov. 4 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
In three games this season, Ashton is pointless while averaging 6:09 in ice time.
Originally the first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning (29th overall) in 2009, Ashton has three assists in 50 career games all with the Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been reactivated following his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program, and sent to AHL Marlies on a conditioning assignment.
On Nov. 6, Ashton admitted the ingestion of a banned substance — Clenbuterol, which he claimed he absorbed while using another person’s inhaler during an asthma attack — but said that “at no time was I seeking to gain an athletic advantage.”
Prior to getting suspended, the 23-year-old had been held pointless in three regular season games with the Maple Leafs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will likely have some roster decisions to make in the near future.
Carter Ashton, who was suspended 20 games on Nov. 4 after testing positive for a banned substance, is back in Toronto and eligible to practice with his teammates according to Leafs TV’s Paul Hendrick.
Ashton can rejoin his teammates for game action on Dec. 20 when Toronto plays host to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Toronto is currently at the roster max with 23 players. Leo Komarov has been out since Nov. 29 with a concussion, but remains on the active roster. Defenseman Roman Polak (knee) is on injured reserve.
While serving his suspension, Ashton has remained off the Leafs’ active roster.
The 23-year-old appeared in just three games prior to his suspension averaging 6:09 in time on ice.
In 50 career NHL games, all with the Leafs, Ashton has three assists.