Canes trade Gleason to Toronto for Liles, prospect
Posted January 1
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.