The Toronto Maple Leafs have shored up their defence, acquiring Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenceman John-Michael Liles and prospect blueliner Dennis Robertson.

The trade is pending a call to the National Hockey League.

The 30-year-old Gleason has one assist in 17 games with the Hurricanes in the 2013-14 NHL season.

A veteran of 10 NHL seasons, Gleason has scored 15 goals and 113 assists in 616 career games with the Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings. He was originally drafted 23rd overall at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Gleason has two years remaining on his contract after 2013-14 worth an average annual value of $4 million.

Liles, 33, has split this season between the Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. In six games with the Leafs this season he has posted a minus-2 rating.



  1. doorman says:

    I didn’t mention I. The other articles post I am happy that Liles is going to get a chance to play. He never cried or made waves took the demotion this season with class.

  2. leafy says:

    Tough, mobile, shutdown defenseman. Exactly what the Leafs need.

    Three years younger than Liles is also a plus. The concussion might be a concern for this year, but hopefully is 100% in the near future. Even Crosby took a while to get back to 100%.

  3. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Everyone will be calling for Gleason head by the deadline

  4. TmLeafan says:

    Like this trade. No way it backfires on the Leafs, Liles wasn’t playing and seems like a longshot prospect. Hopefully Gleason can bounce back, if not his contract ends a year before Liles.

    Really liked Bozak’s game tonight. I know there are not a lot of Bozak fans but he is worth over 4 million dollars in this market with the cap going up. No question our 1st line is better when he plays. He is not ideal in the 1st line Centre spot if we are going to contend but he is a very good 3rd line centre in this league. Like it or not but 4 mil is going to be the going rate for that position very soon.

    He is our best faceoff man, and definitely our best penalty killer. I remember Bolland saying earlier in the year that he thinks Bozak is top 15 centres in the league. While I don’t agree it is clear he is highly regarded by his teammates as well as his coach with the minutes he plays under Carlyle.

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