It’s been quite a few busy days for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yesterday, they re-signed their captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year deal. Today proved to be even more busy with the Winter Classic being played. On top of the massive game, the Maple Leafs made a trade that was long rumored.
Gleason was drafted 23rd overall in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. After not signing a contract with Ottawa, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. In a total of 125 games with the Kings, he tallied 2 goals and 26 assists for 28 points.
Gleason was then traded to the Hurricanes prior to the 2006-07 season. In the 474 games that he has played with Carolina prior to this season, he’s tallied 13 goals and 86 assists for 99 points.
As you can see, Gleason does not light up the scoreboard. That’s not what the Leafs are acquiring him for. Gleason is a shutdown defenseman, a role that the Leafs have been struggling to fill.
Gleason might be struggling this year with only one assist in 17 games, but that might have something to do with injuries he has suffered. I’ll give him the benefit of a doubt coming into a new city. It should help that he is more of Randy Carlyle-style defenseman than any other Leaf.
Liles was on the outs with the Leafs because of his contract. While Gleason’s cap hit is slightly more than Liles’, the Leafs are willing to pay more to fill the need. With Liles spending most of the season with the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs are picking up a player that will play in the NHL for a player that would have probably would have been sent back to the AHL.
Robertson is a prospect that the Leafs hadn’t even signed to a entry-level deal so the Hurricanes are just getting his rights. He is a senior in college so he will be going pro next year. He is not a big loss for the Leafs at all.