Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Leafs Trade for Gleason

As reported by cbssports.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman John-Michael Liles and prospect Dennis Robertson to the Carolina Hurricanes, in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason. This is the second trade in two days for the Hurricanes, and the first trade of 2014 for any NHL team.

The Maple Leafs acquire a physical defenseman in this trade, as Gleason led his team in hits and was second in blocked shots according to the Toronto Star.  Gleason, who is 30 and began his NHL career in 2003-04 with the Los Angeles Kings, has played in 616 regular season NHL games, spent mostly with the Carolina Hurricanes, after joining that team for the 2006-07 campaign.  In those 616 contests, he's gathered 128 points and 591 penalty minutes.

Carolina will be receiving the 33 year-old Liles, who was taken by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000 NHL entry draft.  He began his NHL career with the Avs in 2003-04, racking up a healthy 34 points in 79 regular season games.  Liles has been consistently productive from the point, with 246 assists over 627 regular season games.  He will obviously look to help the Hurricanes score at a greater clip than they are currently.

Dennis Robertson was selected by the Leafs in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL entry draft. Robertson is playing the point for Brown University in 2013-14, after which he will join the Hurricanes organization.  He's noted to have a big shot, and has shown his ability to contribute offensively in the collegiate ranks.  

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