Leafs acquire Wesley from Hurricanes

3/9/2003

(tsn.ca) – The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Glen Wesley from the Carolina Hurricanes, TSN has learned.

All that remains for the deal to become official is for the two teams to go through the standard trade conference call with National Hockey League officials but that is expected to happen shortly.

Sources say the Maple Leafs have given up a draft pick for the veteran blueliner from Red Deer, Alberta, who is expected to join the team in Edmonton later tonight and likely play against the Oilers on Monday night.

Wesley, 35, has been one of the Hurricanes most reliable players in a disastrous season. He has just one goal and eight points, but a respectable -5 rating on a team with a losing record.

Wesley was the third overall pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and quickly became one of the Boston Bruins’ best players. He made the All-Rookie team and was an All-Star in 1989.

After posting a career season in 1993-94 with 14 goals and 58 points, Wesley was traded to the Hartford Whalers for three first round picks. Wesley never again approached those offensive numbers, but has been a solid player for the Whalers and Hurricanes ever since.

In 1,165 NHL games, Wesley has 124 goals and 497 points. He also has a lot of playoff experience, counting 15 goals and 50 points in 139 postseason games. Last season, he had two assists in helping the Hurricanes reach the Stanley Cup Final.