TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to purge their roster ahead of the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
A day after sending forward Shawn Matthias to Colorado, the Leafs have dealt defenceman Roman Polak and centre Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for second-round draft picks in 2017 and 2018 along with forward Raffi Torres.
Torres will be re-assigned to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.
In addition to Matthias, Polak and Spaling, the Leafs also sent captain Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa in a nine-player trade earlier this month.
The team is likely to remain active in the week before the deadline with other expiring contracts in P.A. Parenteau, Michael Grabner and Brad Boyes to move.
Polak adds some depth to the San Jose defence while Spaling gives the Sharks another veteran with playoff experience down the middle.
Toronto hosts Nashville on Tuesday night.
The Canadian Press