Hurricanes send Tim Gleason to Maple Leafs for John-Michael Liles

Sean Leahy

When Tim Gleason was made a healthy scratch for Carolina's game Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens, it signaled that weeks of speculation about his future were coming close to an end.

As the Toronto Maple Leafs were getting ready to play in the Winter Classic Monday afternoon, news broke that they would be the ones acquiring Gleason from the Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman John-Michael Liles and prospect Dennis Robertson, pending a trade call.

It's a trade between two teams looking to get rid of out-of-favor players. Gleason has been limited to only 17 games this season, while Liles has played in six for the Leafs after spending time in the AHL.

In the deal, the Hurricanes will save some money. Both players have two years remaining on their current contracts. Gleason has $8 million in salary owed to him after this year, while Liles is expecting $7 million coming his way.

This now leaves one question, in the wake of the Dion Phaneuf news being covered in Episode 3. Will we see Nonis and Rutherford consummating the deal on this weekend's final episode of 24/7?

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!