The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2016.

According to Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune, if Ashton does not appear in 15 games with the Lightning next season, the Leafs receive no compensation for the deal.

Ashton, 23, had been held pointless in seven regular season games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, 29th overall, during the 2009 NHL Draft.

Broll, 22, had yet to skate in a game for the Maple Leafs this season and has recorded one assist in five career NHL games. The Mississauga, Ontario native was a sixth-round draft pick of the Maple Leafs during the 2011 NHL Draft.

By moving 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. This trade gets them to 48.