The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired pending Unrestricted Free Agent forward Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning days before the Trade Deadline.

Toronto acquired Brian Boyle, an impending unrestricted free agent, from the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday in exchange for forward Byron Froese and a second-round draft pick in 2017.

The conditional pick in 2017 will be the highest second-round choice between the Maple Leafs’ own or previously acquired selections from either San Jose or Ottawa.

Boyle, 32, carries a modest $2 million salary cap hit and becomes a free agent on July 1. In 54 games with Tampa this year, Boyle has 13 goals, nine assists and 48 penalty minutes.

Boyle has appeared in 100 career post-season games, tallying 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists). The Hingham, Massachusetts, native was drafted in the first round (26th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in 2003.

March 7th, 2015 – TORONTO CANADA – The Toronto Marlies face off against the Adirondack Flames for the second time in two days at Ricoh Coliseum. (Photo credit: Christian Bonin/

Froese, 25, has appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting two goals and five points. Froese was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round, 119th overall, in 2009.

The Winkler, Manitoba, native has also played in 48 games with the Marlies this season, posting 24 goals and 39 points to go along with 18 penalty minutes. Froese leads the Marlies for both goals and points. He’s appeared in 195 career AHL games, registering 49 goals and 101 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes.




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