TSN’s Hockey Insider, Darren Dreger, gave another update on the Tim Gleason trade rumors, this time with an expected time of trade:
Gleason should be back mid-week. Sounds like a trade could materialize upon his return. He will have to consent to move.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 2, 2013
While this isn’t much of an update, it’s starting to sound like the Carolina Hurricanes will try to move the defenseman as soon as possible. With Gleason being injured, a trade isn’t much of an option, but is becoming one with Gleason’s return coming closer.
Looking ahead the Hurricanes play Tuesday, then Thursday and Friday to close out the week. It was announced last Tuesday that Gleason would miss a week with a lower-body injury.
It’s possible Gleason could play against the Capitals Tuesday, but whether the Hurricanes would play him is another question. The team is obviously trying to trade him and risking another injury is something it would not want to do.
As for the full No Trade Clause that the 30-year-old currently has, it’s possible the Canes and Gleason have already discussed the possibility of a trade. There’s a lot of rumors swirling around right now that both sides have to be aware of, so getting the talk out of the way would be important for both sides.
Gleason may not want to waive the clause, he’s been in Raleigh since 2006 and is in the middle of a four-year contract, but if he stays, he won’t get much ice time.
The only thing I could see Gleason using his NTC for is dictating which team he is traded to should that time come.