Maple Leafs’ Tim Gleason to be bought out

Maple Leafs’ Tim Gleason to be bought out

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Tim Gleason

Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenceman Tim Gleason is on waivers with the intent to buy him out.

Tim Gleason Buyout

LENGTH: 4 YEAR(S) TOTAL AMOUNT: $5,333,333 TEAM: TOR
 
 
SEASONCOSTCAP HIT
2014-15$1,333,333 $833,333
2015-16$1,333,333 $1,833,333
2016-17$1,333,333 $1,333,333
2017-18$1,333,333 $1,333,333

Left Defence

  • Gardiner
  • Rielly
  • (Brennan?)
  • Percy
  • MacWilliam

Right Defence

  • Phaneuf
  • Franson
  • Polak
  • Granberg

The Maple Leafs now have three NHL defencemen who are right shots, which is something that Carlyle—and a lot of coaches—really harp about wanting and needing.

This punches a hole on the left side of the Leafs defence core and opens up a spot for either a Marlie, Paul Ranger to be promoted or an Unrestricted Free Agent signed to the Leafs.

The buyout saves the Leafs a shade over $3 million on next season’s $69 million cap, but becomes a little more burdensome in the seasons following.