February 22, 2016 9:57 am

Maple Leafs trade Polak, Spaling to Sharks for 2nd round picks, Torres

Toronto Maple Leafs' defenceman Roman Polak reacts as his team trails 6-2 to the New York Islanders during third period NHL hockey action, in Toronto, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.


The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday they have traded away defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for second-round picks in the 2017 and 2018 Entry Drafts and forward Raffi Torres.

The team said in a media release that Torres will be re-assigned to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

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The trade comes a day after 28-year-old Shawn Matthias was traded to Colorado for a 2016 fourth-round pick and prospect Colin Smith.

The club, which sits last in the NHL’s overall standings with 50 points, now has 12 picks for the upcoming draft in Buffalo, N.Y. after picking nine players last June in Florida.

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