There has been plenty of trade speculation surrounding John-Michael Liles and how the Leafs are talking about sending him to the Carolina Hurricanes. Well, we finally have a name that might be heading to Toronto. That name is Tim Gleason.
In the latest segment of Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove Tonight, Glenn Healy mentioned that Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle was scouting the Carolina-Boston game a couple days ago, possibly watching Gleason the most.
Healy mentioned that Gleason is in the dog-house in Carolina, so a trade might be in the cards for Gleason regardless of him heading to Toronto or not.
Gleason is the exact type of shutdown defenseman the Leafs should be looking for. If this rumor is indeed true, then the Leafs would be smart to make it a reality.
Healy also said that a simple Gleason-for-Liles deal might not work and the Leafs might need to add another piece to the deal. That might be advantageous for the Leafs.
Gleason has a $4 million cap hit, just slightly higher than Liles’ cap hit. If the Leafs were to add another player that has a minimum cap hit of $525,000 to $1 million, the deal could be made pretty easily. Seeing that Liles and Gleason’s contracts are for the same term (two years remaining after this season), that would not be a problem either.
A lot has been made of the Leafs defensive abilities and how their blue line is more offensive than defensive. Acquiring Gleason would give the Leafs the shutdown ability that none of the current Maple Leafs defenseman have. Let’s hope this deal happens.
What do you guys think of this possible deal?