Mar 27, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) chases the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Tim Gleason To The Toronto Maple Leafs For John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenseman Tim Gleason to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson. This puts an end to the Tim Gleason rumors that have lasted for well over a month. Both Liles and Robertson are defensemen.

Tim Gleason played in 491 games for the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored 100 points (13 goals, 87 assists) for the Carolina Hurricanes in his eight years with the team.

John Michael Liles has played in 627 NHL games amassing 313 points (77 goals, 236 assists). John Michael Liles played for the Colorado Avalanche for seven years prior to being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2011-2012 season.

The American defenseman is known for his offensive acumen. He should be able to help the Carolina Hurricanes power play.

Dennis Robertson was a sixth round draft pick in 2011 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 22-year-old defenseman currently attends Brown University. Robertson has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games played this year. He is in his senior year at Brown. He has also piled up 39 penalty minutes.

Neither teams are retaining any salary. All of Tim Gleason and John Michael Liles’ salaries are going either way.

The Carolina Hurricanes were in a tough spot. They pretty much needed to trade Tim Gleason, but they knew they wouldn’t get a hefty return. John-Michael Liles will likely help the inconsistent Carolina Hurricanes offense, but he probably will not be a game changer.

Expect an official announcement following today’s Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.

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