Maple Leafs acquire Lashoff

The Toronto Maple Leafs, parent club of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced Friday that they have acquired defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, in exchange for forwards Alex Berry and Stefano Giliati.

Lashoff, a 23-year-old native of East Greenbush, N.Y., played in 68 games for Norfolk in 2009-10. He collected 24 points on eight goals and 16 assists, and ranked second on Norfolk in penalty minutes with 105. He also played five games with the Lightning last season.

In 63 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and Boston, the 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman has tallied 16 points on one goal and 15 assists along with 53 minutes in penalties. In 234 career AHL games with Norfolk and Providence, Lashoff has 34 goals and 85 assists for 119 points.

In 2006-07, Lashoff was selected to the AHL All-Rookie team while playing with Providence. Lashoff was Boston’s first-round choice, 22nd overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Giliati, 22, split last season between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and the ECHL’s Reading Royals. In 25 games with the Marlies, he collected three goals and six assists for nine points with 18 penalty minutes.

Giliati has played 79 AHL games over his first two professional seasons with the Marlies, totaling nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. The Leafs originally signed the Montreal native as a free agent on Apr. 3, 2008.

Berry, 24, played in 55 games for the Marlies as a rookie this past season collecting seven points on three goals and four assists while registering 97 minutes in penalties.

Berry spent four seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst from 2005-09 and was the Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick in the 2005 Entry Draft.