Canes trade Gleason to Toronto for Liles, prospect

Posted January 1, 2014

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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  • Cragsdale Jan 6, 2014

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    As a former Sailor and Successful Manager of a Restaurant posting 3.5 mil a year sales.. I don't always agree with the decisions that JR makes, but to date, his 'mistakes' are way fewer than his gems. Samsonov, Francis, Tlusty, Skinner, just to name a few. Being displeased and spouting negativity on a web forum that most likely the Owners never even see doesn't mean squat but that the person doing it is a miserable angry hate filled person who I don't consider to be a real fan of the Team. I don't much care for what happened at UNC over the last decade, and I think those players and coaches involved are wrong, but I still support the Heels and I still pull for them no matter what. That's the difference in s Towel Boy being ignorant on a forum and someone earning the right to speak his peace. but that's just my opinion. You have a right to yours as well. Never told the guy to shut up and that he couldn't speak his mind.

  • a sports fan Jan 2, 2014

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    I was taught well by my parents and to only speak when you have valid points to make. If you want to be a cheerleader go put on your dress; fact is that if fans don't show displeasure with state of team, management will continue down the maddening path of running this franchise into the ground.

    If you are satisfied with one of the lowest payrolls in the league coupled with non-playoff hockey for 7 of last 8 years and a boring style to boot (Oilers lose but at least can play great offensive hockey) then this is the team for you. Perhaps you also run your life that way but as a former Marine and successful business person I don't accept mediocrity

  • tobin63 Jan 2, 2014

    Come on folks. For whatever reason Gleason hasn't done much in a long time, though he is very tough and solid positionally and I will miss him. Can we at least see how this plays out on the ice before we roast everybody in sight? And I'll ask again: must every single thread produce ritual bashings of JR and Eric Staal? If this is the best most of y'all can do every single time, just don't even bother. We did win the last game for goodness' sake, ugly or not, and the front line led the comeback all the way to the finish. Obviously our overall lack of consistency is maddening, and frankly no, I don't think we're going to make the playoffs because it's very difficult to change the culture of a team mid-season...but the situation is far from hopeless. Even at a point-a-game pace, a late season winning streak could sneak us in. Install Khudobin as starter immediately and let's see what we can do!

  • Tunaboy Jan 2, 2014

    ^ agreed ... our porous defense just got more porous and Toronto picked up a solid defenseman who will help carry them further in the playoffs ... I am happy for Tim and this opportunity which he earned and I will always be a fan of his

  • StunGunn Jan 2, 2014

    Hate to see Gleason go. His numbers aren't good this season, but I think of him as a tough minded defensive player. I think Toronto got a good player out of this deal.

  • jbnc29 Jan 2, 2014

    Maybe they should consider trading Eric Staal for a captain that is actually a leader and makes an effort on the ice. Some say he is injured and can't give 100%...but a true leader would sit out and let a healthy player help out the TEAM.

  • khutchuk Jan 2, 2014

    I can't believe how negative everyone is. Are these posters real Canes fans or just people that like to vent negativity and stupid comments that aren't backed up with any kind of facts?

  • wlcat609 Jan 1, 2014

    It is hard to fathom that the Canes trade picked up Liles if the Avs Paul Stastny was indeed available. Guess the Canes brass decided they didn't need any more offense...or maybe Paul would come in and show up the Cane's captain with his work ethic!!! Or maybe Paul wouldn't fit in since he is used to playing on a TEAM that plays a full 60 minutes each and every night!

  • KT thinks kerliner is classless Jan 1, 2014

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    Tanabe played in 449 games mostly as a third pair defenseman. He was injury prone and lived nowhere near his hype after ONE year of college hockey. Kynyazev = major bust as he never even played in the NHL (you don't waste a first round pick on a player when you don't know whether they want to play in North America or not), Tselios was a complete bust. Never played full-time in the NHL. Sutter is ok, but he was not first round material.

    My point is their scouting has always sucked. And I've been watching hockey since before the hurricanes blew into town.

  • mikeyfan5600 Jan 1, 2014

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    Ok, Tanabe played in 449 games wouldn't call him a bust, Knnazev stayed in the USSR, played 1 season for Lowel And Brandon Sutter has been far from being a bust. He played well for us and is doing well for the Pens. And you've been watching how long?




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