Maple Leafs trade Ashton, Broll to Lightning for draft pick
Ashton, a 2009 first-round draft pick, has no points in seven games this season for the Lightning 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.