Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 2:30pm


The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes for defensemen John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson.

What does it give the Toronto Maple Leafs
In Gleason, the Maple Leafs land a defensive defenseman with plenty of experience--something they dearly needed to complete their blueline brigade. The veteran has struggled recently, but perhaps a move to Toronto (a more physical squad) can rejuvenate Gleason, who is still only 30. This was a solid trade for the Leafs, as they fill a need without overpayment. In fact, they may not have signed Robertson and wanted to unload Liles' contract.

What does it give the Carolina Hurricanes
The 'Canes love puck-moving defensemen with offensive skill, so Liles could be a natural fit. The 33-year-old was the odd man out most nights for Toronto this season, but has plenty of experience as both a top-four defenseman and power-play quarterback. In Carolina, he'll add depth to start out. Robertson is a senior at Brown University, so Carolina will have a few months to evaluate him before deciding whether to sign him to an entry-level contract.

Fantasy impact
Gleason won't have much fantasy value, regardless of team. Liles could see a major boost in fantasy stock if his ice time increases significantly in Raleigh. Robertson is on the fantasy radar now, but first he must sign a pro contract with Carolina...which isn't automatic. A potential loser in this deal could be Carolina rookie defenseman {P Ryan Murphy}, who is similar to Liles.

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