In the early weeks of the new year, the selection of a player of the week has been difficult at times due to how poorly most of the team was playing, easy at others with one player separating themselves from the rest. This week two players really made a noticeable contribution in victories that have been coming with far more frequency. With exception of the Dallas debacle, the Leafs have earned points in 9 games, winning 8 of them. They have started to separate themselves from the teams in the wild card pack that are chasing and are now moving closer to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second spot in the Atlantic Division. Two players have played a large role in that, but this week only one will be selected player of the week, and that person is none other than New Years Day addition Tim Gleason.
Admittedly, this writer at times has been critical of Gleason early on in his play on the blue line for Toronto. Slowly his play has started to improve and at this point he is now carrying much of the load for his partner Cody Franson who for reasons unknown has lost a tremendous amount of speed. The attention Gleason started earning started about the time that he started blocking just about every shot fired at the net while on the ice. The guy is fearless, a trait that his teammates and coaches both must admire and covet. So for this week, from the Doghouse of Carolina to the penthouse of Editorinleaf.com, the maddies mark “best days ever” player of the week is Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason.
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