Mar 27, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) carries the puck as Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) defends at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs Are Perfect Trade Partners

Over the past coupe of weeks, trade rumors and speculation have surrounded the Carolina Hurricanes. The most talked about of which involving Tim Gleason. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been the team rumored in being interested in Gleason, and they are the perfect trade partner for the Carolina Hurricanes right now.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a mean, nasty, shutdown defenseman. When Tim Gleason is healthy, he is exactly that. On the flip side, the Carolina Hurricanes desperately need a puck moving, power play quarter back on defense.. The Toronto Maple Leafs have two defensemen that fit this description.

 

Jake Gardiner

Jake Gardiner is a 23-year-old offensive minded defenseman. He was the 17th pick of the first round in the 2008 NHL Entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks. He was then traded with Joffrey Lupul and a draft pick to Toronto in exchange for Francois Beauchemin in 2011. Gardiner has been involved in trade rumors since training camp, and the Carolina Hurricanes could be a perfect fit for him.

Gardiner would join other puck-moving defensemen like Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy, and even Andrej Sekera. Gardiner not only solves a problem right now, but the former Wisconsin Badger also brings a lot to the table when you think about the future. He is only 23-years-old, and has potential to be an all-star offensive defenseman, if he’s in the right situation. The Carolina Hurricanes could be the perfect situation for Gardiner. There is a lot less pressure in Raleigh compared to Toronto.

He could really feel confident and be able to play his game. He could step in and play power play immediately. Gardiner also has a good physical frame. He is 6’2″, but he will likely want to add on to his 184 pound weight.

 

John-Michael Liles

John-Michael Liles brings more of the same. Liles is 32-years-old, so he would bring more experience than Gardiner. Liles is only 5’10”, so he is smaller and older than Jake Gardiner. This isn’t exactly a bad thing, but his small stature could make a negative impact. If the Canes trade Gleason for Liles, the former Avalanche would bring a little under $4 million back, and going from Gleason to Liles is a big change.

Gleason is a big physical defenseman that will get in your face often. Liles is a bit of the opposite, but the Carolina Hurricanes do have players like Jay Harrison, Brett Bellemore, and Mike Komisarek that get in players faces and are assertive. More on John Michael Liles can be found here.

 

The Carolina Hurricanes have what the Toronto Maple Leafs need. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of what the Carolina Hurricanes need. These two teams seem like perfect trade partners.

 

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes Jake Gardiner John-Michael Liles Tim Gleason

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