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Tim Gleason Deal: The View From The Carolina Hurricanes’ Side


Ever since the trade between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes was announced yesterday, they’re has been plenty of reaction both on the positive and negative side of things.

While most people are at least happy that John-Michael Liles will get a job in the NHL with the Hurricanes, the acquisition of Tim Gleason for Toronto has not been so well received by some.

Most of the Twitter reaction I read yesterday was on the negative side, pretty much saying that the Leafs are getting a washed-up defenseman that will make no difference at all. It was also said that it was a ‘garbage’ deal, where each team sent a bad contract the other way.

Then there was the positive reaction. In my daily poll yesterday, I asked if you liked the acquisition of Gleason and nearly 90% of those of you that voted said you liked the deal.

So, on the Toronto side, the opinion is split. So to get more of an idea on Gleason brings to the Leafs, I got in touch with Cardiac Cane writer Brett Finger to answer a few questions.

Q: What type of player are the Leafs getting?

 “Tim Gleason is a very tough, hard nosed player. He is a stay at home defenseman that doesn’t make too many mistakes in his own end. He is also a very good player to put on a penalty kill. He is not afraid to mix it up with the other team, and you will see him make some big hits. While he is good in his own end, he is usually a liability on offense.”

“He has trouble making clean breakout passes, and he’s not a player you want pushing up in the offensive zone very often. He has really lost some speed over the past year or two, and that seems to have hurt him. Tim Gleason is a good leader for his teammates. He will stand up for his team, and he is a good guy to have in the locker room. He has lots of character.”

Was this a fair trade?

“Yes, I really think this was a good trade for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. The Toronto Maple Leafs need a reliable, stay at home defenseman, and the Carolina Hurricanes need a puck moving defenseman who can man the power play. I think both teams got what they were looking for in the trade. I’ve seen a lot of people knocking Tim Gleason, but I still think he has some good hockey left in him.”

Who will make a bigger impact in his new city? Liles or Gleason?

“This one is a tough. I think that Tim Gleason will make a bigger impact. Gleason is going to a playoff team that will likely benefit greatly from his presence. The Carolina Hurricanes are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs, so I think it will be harder for John-Michael Liles to make a big impact with the Carolina Hurricanes, at least right now. Ultimately, I think time will tell here.”

There you have it. The view from the Hurricanes side of the deal, and I wouldn’t say we lost the deal after reading Brett’s comments. Would you?

Thanks to Brett Finger at Cardiac Cane for answering the questions.

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Tags: John-Michael Liles Tim Gleason Toronto Maple Leafs