Canes trade Gleason to Toronto for Liles, prospect

Posted January 1

Tim Gleason (6) during the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Winnipeg Jets NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Friday, March 30, 2012.

— The Carolina Hurricanes traded veteran defenseman Tim Gleason to Toronto Wednesday in exchange for John Michael Liles and a prospect.

Gleason skated in 17 games for the Canes this year, recording a minus-7 with just one assist. A former first-round pick and nine-year veteran of the league, Gleason has spent seven-plus seasons with Carolina.

Gleason tallied 100 of his 128 NHL points as a member of the Hurricanes while anchoring the defense.

“Tim has been a valuable player and leader for the Hurricanes for a long time," said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. "We thank him for the contributions he has made to the team and the community and wish him all the best as his career continues.”

Liles, a fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2000, played in six games for the Maple Leafs this season before being sent down to their affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Liles was named to the NHL All-Rookie team in 2003-04 and has represented Team USA in the World Junior Championships, the World Championships and the Olympics.

Thought of as a two-way defenseman, Liles recorded 313 points in 621 career NHL games entering this season.

“John-Michael is a puck-moving defenseman who has demonstrated in his career that he can make a difference offensively from the blue line,” said Rutherford.

Carolina will also receive defenseman Dennis Robertson as part of the deal. A 22-year-old from Canada, Robertson, currently a senior at Brown University, was a sixth-round pick of the Leafs in 2011.

Gleason was listed as a healthy scratch for the Hurricanes game Tuesday against Montreal. In his stead, veteran Manny Malhotra was assigned as an assistant captain. The Canes will be in action again Thursday as they visit the Washington Capitals.


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  • mikeyfan5600 Jan 1, 3:18 p.m.

    Figured Gleason would be traded but not for someone who has played only 2 games for the Leafs and was waived earlier this year. Especially when the difference in pay is only a 125K different. I don't like this move. What happened to defensive defensmen?

  • a sports fan Jan 1, 3:48 p.m.

    What a horribly run franchise and another Rutherford perplexing deal.

    Shame of it is Hurricanes traded #3 (Jack Johnson) in 2005 draft for this unproductive player. So basically all we have left from a top 3 position in draft are these unproductive players.

    btw: James Neal and Paul Stastny were also available but Rutherford missed those as well.

    As I said, this owner and GM are awful and I doubt we will ever see a Stanley Cup contending team again while they are owners.

  • bluedvlrob Jan 1, 4:20 p.m.

    Seems kind of early to be throwing in the towel,but here we go again!

  • mikeyfan5600 Jan 1, 4:50 p.m.

    What a horribly run franchise and another Rutherford perplexing deal.

    Shame of it is Hurricanes... View More

    — Posted by a sports fan

    you do know that Jack Johnson refused to sign with the Hurricanes don't you? He was willing to sit out and re-enter the draft. JR has made some good trades, but admitted I don't like this one. BTW do you like Skinner? Well, he was projected to be a low teen, early 20 pick in round one and the Canes took him at 7. Real dumb on JR's part huh?

  • gwnunn Jan 1, 4:55 p.m.

    How can you trade down in talent and expect to get into the playoffs. Bring up the young'uns, is this new guy going to be an enforcer too. We don't have one any more. Gleason will do very well for a different team. He will help them out immensely.
    Two for one, of this calibre, is like getting two hamburgers for one big rib eye steak.

  • Luv2Camp Jan 1, 5:04 p.m.

    Salary dump. More to come.

  • wlcat609 Jan 1, 5:15 p.m.

    My perception - the Leafs defense just got a whole lot TOUGHER to play against; the Cane's D just got a whole lot MORE POROUS - Liles is a former AV and is NOT physical..just known for his 'puck moving' ability (does that phrase ring a bell? It is one of JR's favorites!!!)

    Not what the Canes needed - Dumb deal in my opinion! What the 'H' is next?????? My sympathies to the STH - you-all just got shafted again!

  • jscott13 Jan 1, 5:25 p.m.

    Gleason is better off. He will do well as they all do when they go to another team.
    Luv2Camp...what are they trying to accomplish with the salary dump.

  • KT thinks kerliner is classless Jan 1, 5:42 p.m.

    Gleason is better off. He will do well as they all do when they go to another team.View More

    — Posted by jscott13

    $125k isn't much of a salary dump. About 8 years ago this would have been a great trade....but why are they trading an NHL caliber defenseman for a minor leaguer and a washed up player? Cheap.

  • sportznutV2.1 Jan 1, 6:16 p.m.

    What do you guys think about Cam? 6+ Mil a year




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