Feb 12, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta (11) during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Rumors: Canes Working Hard To Trade Tim Gleason

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason is close to being shipped out of Carolina. The 30-year-old defenseman did not play against the Montreal Canadiens, and he did not practice today with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Many reports are coming in, not only that he will be traded soon, but that he will likely not play until he is. Darren Dreger broke the news today that the Carolina Hurricanes are working hard to move Tim Gleason.

For precautionary reasons, Gleason didn’t play last night and didn’t practice today. Canes working hard on trade. #tsn

-Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger)

Bob McKenzie has also said that Tim Gleason likely won’t play until he is traded.

Tim Gleason not on ice for CAR practice today. Always subject to change, but doesn’t look like he’ll practice or play with CAR until traded.

-Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie)

This is probably the most significant news we’ve seen so far in regards to the Tim Gleason trade rumors. Tim Gleason is now being held out of the Carolina Hurricanes games and practices to make sure he does not get injured.

This may mean that Jim Rutherford, Carolina Hurricanes GM, is close to finalizing a deal with another team for Tim Gleason. That team will likely be the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kirk Muller did not comment on the Tim Gleason situation, but he did say that he was a healthy scratch last night against the Montreal Canadiens  He also said that management held him out of practice today. This definitely indicates that a trade will be completed soon.

Nick Kypreos speculates as to what is coming back to Carolina.

#Canes Gleason not practicing waiting 4 #NHL trade. Strong speculation is he could be a #Leaf today. Liles/prospect is talk going other way

-Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper)

It will be an interesting day around the NHL. Especially with the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are playing in the Winter Classic today, and it looks like they will be involved in a trade as well.

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