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Hello, good-bye: Toronto to buy out Gleason

Jun 30, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

Not long after they got him, the Toronto Maple Leafs are buying out defenseman Tim Gleason. It’s not a compliance buyout, though, as the Leafs have already used their allotted two on Mike Komisarek and Mikhail Grabovski.

Per CapGeek, here are the salary-cap consequences for Gleason:


Gleason, 31, was acquired by the Leafs in January from Carolina, with Toronto sending d-man John-Michael Liles to the Hurricanes. At the time, coach Randy Carlyle was hoping Gleason would be “a guy that can come back in and move the puck. He’s a big man.”

But with a cap hit of $4 million for two more seasons, the Leafs decided to bid adieu to the Michigan native.

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  1. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    All this, and David Clarkson still has a contract. Not that they could have used a compliance buyout if they had one. They managed to make that stunningly terrible decision AFTER the lockout. Is it like a prerequisite that Toronto GMs are just… awful?

    • withseidelinn - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      They sent JM Liles to the Canes in return for Gleason. Liles was a hell of a lot more useless than Gleason panned out to be. Gleason didn’t play poorly, but for the quality he delivered, 4m is way too high. Only option other than buying him out is remaining with the status-quo, which is clealy not a viable option for the Leafs. You can’t bash this move as they are actively trying to improve their roster.

      • storminator16 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Although Liles isn’t the player he used to be, he is far from useless. He could have still been useful if Carlyle actually gave him a role. He didn’t do much for the Canes but he did eat some minutes and played effective minutes, something Gleason couldn’t do for whatever reason. He wasn’t the same player since Tinordi TKO’d him in pre-season.

    • blomfeld - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM


      This current Leaf management team probably couldn’t hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle ! And that’s truly scandalous when you stop to think about it, especially given the ‘vaults’ of willing cash there in southern Ontario. In fact, it could be argued that clowns like Nonis would have no business running a lemonade stand, let alone a professional hockey team in the richest North American market today ! What’s really upsetting however, is the fact that behind these millions of wasted dollars are the ‘squandered’ hopes and dreams of ‘countless’ hard-working folk whose only request is that they at least be given a chance. But thanks to his ongoing idiocy, Nonis continues to prevent such hopes and dreams from ever having a chance of becoming a reality and that’s a shame … 😦

  2. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    I have no idea what the Leafs are doing anymore.

    This offseason “plan” has been sketchy at best. Right now Phaneuf Rielly and Polak are the only three d-men with contracts. Franson and Gardiner are RFA’s, and I keep hearing Gardiner’s name in trade rumors, which annoys me. Starting to look like they’re going to get rid of everyone but Phaneuf… the one guy that they SHOULD trade.

    I hope there’s something better than this coming. If not, then next season will be pretty predictable for Toronto.

  3. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Go Toronto!!!! Its time to sign another unworthy Free agent to some number to the moon for 10 years. Hope good ‘ol Clarkson likes it there playing with mommy now that he can buy an Mansion in every state. I think every crevice of NJ laughed when we saw how much they signed him for. He had one good year he scored what? 25 goals and 20 of them were off of his knee cap? Whatever.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Your comment … whatever

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