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Toronto Trades Roman Polak To San Jose For Raffi Torres

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired the San Jose Sharks’ second-round selections from the 2017 and 2018 Entry Drafts as well as forward Raffi Torres in exchange for defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling.

Torres, 34, will be re-assigned to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has skated in six games with the Barracuda this season.

added 9:22am, San Jose release is below...

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Raffi Torres and second round selections in the 2017 and 2018 NHL Drafts.

"Roman and Nick are both quality, character players that will complement and enhance our current roster," said Wilson. "Our existing group of players has battled hard and they have earned the right to have every chance to succeed this season."

Polak (POH-lahk), 29, has played in 535 NHL games with Toronto and St. Louis, posting 101 points (19 goals, 82 assists) and 423 penalty minutes. This season with the Maple Leafs, he has scored 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) and 56 penalty minutes, along with a + 8 rating in 55 games. He is 5th in the NHL in hits (220), T-37th in blocked shots (102), averaging 19:44 per game with the Maple Leafs.

The six-foot-one, 236-pound native of Ostrava, Czech Republic was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 6th round (180th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has represented the Czech Republic internationally several times, including the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Spaling, 27, has played in 414 games with Nashville, Pittsburgh and Toronto, scoring 118 points (50 goals, 68 assists) and 114 penalty minutes. This season with the Maple Leafs, he has played in 35 games, posting eight points (one goal, seven assists) and 18 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-one, 201-pound native of Palmerston, Ontario played under current Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer in Kitchener of the OHL. He was originally a third round selection (58th overall) of the Nashville Predators in the 2007 NHL Draft

Torres was acquired by San Jose from Arizona on April 3, 2013. He played in 16 regular season games, scoring 11 points (five goals and six assists).

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Canucklehead's avatar

Yet another reason to dislike the Leafs.  I really hope they keep him buried in the minors.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/22/16 at 10:06 AM ET

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I’m amazed he is still in the league. I actually forgot about him.

Posted by George0211 on 02/22/16 at 10:21 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Toronto gets 2 expiring contracts and 2 picks in round 2. Great move for them.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/22/16 at 10:31 AM ET

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Yet another reason to dislike the Leafs.

Why?  Because they took on a contract of an impending UFA who is never going to play for them in the NHL?

Seems like you’re reaching…

Posted by Garth on 02/22/16 at 10:38 AM ET

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Because they get rid of a guy they didn’t want and get 2 2nds. Sounds like a nice trade for the laffs.

Posted by teldar on 02/22/16 at 10:46 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Frakin’ Torres back in the division.  Not the news I wanted to start my day with.


Trades are hard.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/22/16 at 11:00 AM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

Why?  Because they took on a contract of an impending UFA who is never going to play for them in the NHL?

Seems like you’re reaching…

Reaching, yeah, sure.  Leafs are one of my least favourite teams.  Have been all my life.  Torres has a history of injuring players I like.  One of the dirtiest players in the league with no remorse or ability to adjust his game in order to play within the rules.

And, the Leafs just happened to take on his contract.  Doesn’t matter if he’s an impending UFA.  He might end up playing for them as they’re jettisoning players left and right for their rebuild.  How many this past week?  Three?  They are gonna be raiding the Marlies regularly for additions to their team so they can ice a full line-up.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Torres end up in the NHL at some point this year.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/22/16 at 11:26 AM ET

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kinda comical that Torres isn’t even going to play for the Marlies

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/22/16 at 12:35 PM ET

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They are gonna be raiding the Marlies regularly for additions to their team so they can ice a full line-up.

True, they’re going to be raiding the Marlies to see which prospects are worth bringing up to the NHL.

I really don’t think there’s any danger of Torres suiting up for Mike Babcock.

Posted by Garth on 02/22/16 at 12:37 PM ET

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Reaching, yeah, sure.  Leafs are one of my least favourite teams.  Have been all my life.  Torres has a history of injuring players I like.  One of the dirtiest players in the league with no remorse or ability to adjust his game in order to play within the rules.

Like mentioned in another post, it’s unlikely Babcock will put that goon into the lineup. I still remember his dirty hit on Jason Williams. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 02/22/16 at 10:18 PM ET

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