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Lightning acquire Froese from Toronto

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Byron Froese and a 2017 conditional second-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Brian Boyle.

Froese has been assigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. In a related move, forward¬†Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been reassigned from Syracuse to the Toronto Marlies.

Froese, 25, ranks third in the AHL with 24 goals and has a team-leading 39 points in 48 games for the Marlies in 2016-17. He has also appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season.

The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting two goals and five points. The Winkler, Man., native has appeared in 195 career AHL games with Toronto, San Antonio and Rockford, registering 49 goals and 52 assists for 101 points.

Letourneau-Leblond has tallied one goal, four assists and an AHL-leading 121 penalty minutes in 37 games with Syracuse this season. The 12th-year pro has skated in 485 career AHL contests, totaling 27 goals and 43 assists for 70 points. He also ranks 15th in AHL history with 1,813 PIM.