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.
Gleason should be back mid-week. Sounds like a trade could materialize upon his return. He will have to consent to move.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 2, 2013
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.
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.