I've reported a few times in the past few weeks that Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes was drawing a ton of interest from the Philadelphia Flyers, and it looks as though Philly may be on the verge of pulling off a trade for him.
Eklund from Hockeybuzz.com is reporting that the Flyers have a definite interest in Tim Gleason, but the Hurricanes may be asking more than what the Flyers are willing to pay for his services. I know the Hurricanes are looking to make some big changes, but I get the feeling that they may value Gleason more than most other teams do.
Don't get me wrong, I think Gleason would be a great fit in Philadelphia. The 6'0", 217 lb. defenseman would certainly give the Flyers a boost at the blue line and give them more stability going forward. With the potential loss of Kimmo Timonen for an unknown amount of time and the obvious loss of Chris Pronger for the remainder of the season, the Flyers could certainly use a guy like Gleason.
Gleason has a $2.75 million price tag, something the Flyers could easily fit under their cap, which is extremely tight for them right now. He's also an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so if he doesn't work out, the Flyers could always let him walk at the end of the season to clear some cap space.
As long as the Hurricanes don't ask for an arm and a leg, I don't think the Flyers will wait much longer to pull the trigger on a trade. That said, from what I've heard and read, the Hurricanes may be asking for a bit too much for Gleason. That could always change, however, but that is what could be potentially holding up a trade at this point.
I would also look to teams like Calgary, Columbus, Los Angeles and Anaheim as potential trade targets for the Flyers, whether it be for another defenseman or even another forward (as if the Flyers need another forward).
Would Tim Gleason help with the Flyers' blue line issues?
I do think that the Flyers will make a more major move at the deadline—such as Shea Weber or Ryan Suter—but with Kimmo Timonen's injury, I fully expect them to make a more minor trade sooner rather than later.
The Winter Classic loss does not sit well with management and the higher-ups, and there will be changes made.
So, do you think Tim Gleason would be a good fit with Philly? Or will he just be another bust at the blue line?
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