• FA Ashton Signs With KHL Team

    News: Carter Ashton has signed with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
    Analysis: A former first-round draft pick, the 24-year-old Carter Ashton logged just seven NHL appearances last season, after managing three points in 32 games in 2013-14. He has yet to score a goal through 52 career NHL games.
  • Ashton Chooses Europe Over Lightning

    News: Carter Ashton, a restricted free agent, has informed the Lightning that he intends to play in Europe next season, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: It's unclear where the 24-year-old Carter Ashton is headed, but he seems to be choosing a more premier role in Europe rather than what portended to be another season spent mostly in the AHL. There's a chance he'll be back with another NHL franchise at some point down the road, but fantasy owners shouldn't be holding their collective breath.
  • Leafs Trade Ashton To Tampa Bay

    News: The Maple Leafs have traded Carter Ashton, as well as David Broll, to Tampa Bay in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
    Analysis: Toronto made the trade to create some roster flexibility. Before the trade, the Leafs were at the league maximum with 50 players under contract. Now, with the departure of Carter Ashton and Broll, the Leafs have created some breathing space by freeing up two contract openings. Ashton registered zero points and was minus-3 through seven games with the Leafs this season.
  • Leafs Reassign Ashton

    News: Carter Ashton was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Wednesday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
    Analysis: It had been reported that Carter Ashton would stick with the Maple Leafs after going unclaimed off waivers earlier in the day, but the team decided to change course after further deliberation. The 23-year-old Ashton proved to be a capable scorer during his previous stints in the minors, but he owns no goals and three assists over 54 career NHL games.
  • Leafs' Ashton Clears Waivers

    News: Carter Ashton cleared waivers Wednesday, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
    Analysis: Rather than reporting to AHL Toronto, Carter Ashton will stick with the parent club as an extra forward. He'll be available to play for the Maple Leafs when needed and can still be sent to the minors at any point, so having him clear waivers just creates a little more roster flexibility.
  • Maple Leafs Place Ashton On Waivers

    News: The Maple Leafs placed Carter Ashton on waivers Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: It's not immediately clear who will replace Carter Ashton on Toronto's roster, but that should become clear soon. Ashton will head to AHL Toronto if he's not claimed by another team.
  • Leafs Bring Ashton Back From Conditioning Stint

    News: Carter Ashton was recalled from his conditioning stint at AHL Toronto on Monday, TSN.ca reports.
    Analysis: After completing a 20-game suspension, Carter Ashton headed to the Leafs' AHL affiliate to play in a couple games before rejoining the squad. He had appeared in only six games with Toronto before serving the suspension, leaving him as little more than an extra forward most nights.
  • Suspension Over For Leafs' Ashton

    News: Carter Ashton has completed his 20-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing substances protocol and has been reinstated onto the Leafs' active roster, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports. He will now head to AHL Toronto for a conditioning stint, according to David Alter of MapleLeafs.com.
    Analysis: Since he hasn't been able to play since early November, Carter Ashton will likely spend multiple games on the assignment before he's called back up to the parent club. Ashton had largely served as a healthy scratch for the Leafs prior to his suspension, making just six appearances on the season. He'll likely see limited duty again once he rejoins the Leafs.
  • Leafs' Ashton Suspended 20 Games

    News: Carter Ashton has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the NHL and NHLPA's Performance Enhancing Substances Program, Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: Carter Ashton will forfeit a whopping $169,185 for the violation. A statement from the forward said that the positive test stemmed from his ingesting a banned substance through his inhaler following an asthma attack in late August. Ashton said he accepted the 20-game suspension, so it doesn't sound like he'll appeal the ruling. He'll be eligible to return to game action Dec. 20 against the Flyers.
  • Leafs Sign Ashton To One-Year, Two-Way Contract

    News: Carter Ashton inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Leafs on Wednesday worth $850,000, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: Carter Ashton played 32 games with the Maple Leafs last season, registering three assists. He spent time between the Leafs and their AHL affiliate throughout the year, but didn't find as much success in the NHL as he did in the minors, where he scored 16 goals and assisted on seven others. Ashton will likely find himself in a similar role this season unless he can impress the coaches in training camp.