Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Rumors: More Tim Gleason Talk

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Just like Beetlejuice, maybe if we say Tim Gleason‘s name a lot, maybe he’ll show up.

It seems to be that way as Gleason’s name continues to pop up in trade rumors. What used to be a maybe now looks to be inevitable. The latest salvo of rumors came from Darren Dreger in this tweet.

Now, a lot of the talk has centered around the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a shutdown, stay-at-home defensemen, Gleason is exactly what the Leafs need. The Leafs have a steady dosage of offensive defensemen in their lineup, so much that the Leafs D-men don’t play that much defense.

Gleason would solve a lot of problems for the Leafs. Sure, the Leafs wouldn’t suddenly become the best team in the league with Gleason on their team, but it would do wonders for them.

When a defenseman like Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly, Gleason could stay behind if things go sideways. The could also pair him with Mark Fraser to form a solid shutdown pairing.

Brett Finger, a writer over at Cardiac Cane, seems to think that the Carolina Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs are the perfect trading partners. I echo with that statement. He also lists two of the Leafs play-making dedensemen that would be fits with the Hurricanes: Jake Gardiner and John-Michael Liles.

Now, if the Hurricanes wanted Gardiner, they would have to give up more than Gleason. Probably a high-end prospect or a first- or second-round draft pick would also have to be sent to Toronto. Liles is the player the Leafs would most likely want to give up and his salary is nearly identical to Gleason’s. That deal could be made very easily in my opinion.

If all these rumors about Gleason turn out to be true and the Leafs are leading candidate to land his services, then there is good news on the horizon. If not, then Leaf fans can look forward to more defensive mistakes unless another shutdown defender could be acquired.

However, Gleason looks to be the cream of the crop right now and has to be the Leafs top target.

Topics: Toronto Maple Leafs, Trade Rumors

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  • Daniel Jones

    Two things about Gleason:

    1) He’s 30 and in the decline stage of his career. Not so much of a big issue but for a team like Toronto that’s looking to get better as the years progress and their young players develop it needs to be considered.

    2) $4 Million salary. John Michall-Liles isn’t the 8th worst defense man in the organization. Not by a long shot. The reason he’s in the farm system is 100% due to his salary. Unless the Canes were able to hold back some salary (not an issue necessarily but for the next 3 years it may become one) they will have to make sacrifices to get him in the lineup.

    It’s a proposal that might be tricky, but worthwhile if Nonis could make it work in a reasonable way.

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