The Toronto Maple Leafs have reacquired defenceman T.J. Brennan.
Toronto sent forward Spencer Abbott to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brennan, who spent the 2013-14 season in the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
Brennan, 25, has scored nine goals and added 27 assists in 54 games with the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate - the Rockford IceHogs - this season. He has also four goals and seven assists in 40 career NHL games between the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers.
He led the Toronto Marlies with 72 points (25 goals and 47 assists) last season, and won the Eddie Shore Award winner as the AHL’s most outstanding defenceman. Brennan was originally drafted by the Sabres in the second round (31st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Brennan will report to the Marlies, per a Maple Leafs media release.
Currently on a one-year deal, Brennan is eligible to become a restricted free agent at season's end.
Abbott, 26, has appeared in one NHL game with the Maple Leafs, who signed him as a collegiate free agent in 2012.
In 46 games with the Marlies this season Abbott has scored seven goals and added 17 assists. He has played 168 total games with the Marlies over parts of four seasons, scoring 37 goals and 90 assists.