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Tim Gleason could be a trade target for Philly

Dec 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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The Flyers are rolling along nicely now but without Chris Pronger to lead them this year, their defensive corps isn’t quite as formidable as they’d like it to be. They could use a big, physical, veteran defenseman to help round out their blue line in their hopes to win the Stanley Cup, but those don’t just fall out of trees.

Instead, Frank Seravalli of Philly.com says there’s one name out there getting a lot of buzz as a trade target in Carolina’s Tim Gleason. Seravalli says that with Pronger on LTIR that frees up over $4 million in cap space for the Flyers and making it that much easier for them to acquire someone to help them on their quest for the Cup.

Gleason makes a world of sense as a trade target because he fits the bill as a physical defensive defenseman. Gleason also has played for coach Peter Laviolette in the past when he was coaching in Carolina. Of course, the Hurricanes have injury woes of their own with Joni Pitkanen and giving up a top four defenseman probably isn’t ideal.

Things can always change and if the Hurricanes fall further out of playoff contention they might be sellers. With the holiday roster freeze lifted at noon ET today, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren might want to start working the phones.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I’d take him. He doesn’t give us the offense Prongs does but he sure is solid when it comes to defense. But like the author said, I’d be surprised if the ‘Canes are willing to move him. I want the Flyers to move JVR but I’d hope they would get more in return then just Gleason.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 27, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    But… but… but that’s not Shea Weber. That’s not Shea Weber at all. D: How is my awesome fantasy Flyer team supposed to take shape without trading Pronger, JVR and a first (maybe) for Weber?

    Damn. That would have been an awesome trade. =/ A completely impossible one, but hey, I can dream.

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