A busy couple of days for the Toronto Maple Leafs continued as they reportedly pulled the trigger on a trade that would bring veteran defenseman Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes to Southern Ontario today. Depth defenseman John-Michael Liles and defense prospect Dennis Robertson are apparently heading to Raleigh in exchange.
If McKenzie is correct (and he’s very rarely wrong), the trade will likely be made official this afternoon, possibly by the end of the Winter Classic which is currently in the second period.
The 31-year-old Gleason is experiencing what can only be classified as a down year with the ‘Canes. He’s missed 22 games due to a concussion and other injuries, and has averaged only around 15 minutes per game after averaging at least 19 over the five seasons prior. He brings little offensive value, but I wonder if he has much left to bring to the table defensively anymore, either.
The 33-year-old Liles has spent most of the season either in the AHL or as a healthy scratch. He’s played only six games and averages 17 minutes of ice time per game. He’s still a capable puck-moving d-men, but with the Leafs already employing Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly, that skillset became redundant.
As McKenzie mentioned, Robertson was selected in the sixth round by the Leafs in 2011. He was named team captain for Brown University last year. As a senior this year, he’s played only 12 games according to his HockeyDB page. He’s definitely not a premier prospect by any means, but he’ll probably attempt to make the jump to pro hockey next year.
We’ll have more on the reported deal as details trickle in. Join us for the Winter Classic game thread if you aren’t already, as news will be posted there as well. What are your thoughts on the reported trade?