Apr 3, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason (8) carries the puck against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Boston 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
“We know Tim and we know the kind of player he can be, and he brings an element to our back-end that we felt was necessary,” Francis said. “He wanted to be back here. He believed in what we were doing and the direction we’re going in.”
Gleason is excited to return and play for a new management team. Since playing previously with the Hurricanes, Francis has been brought on as the new general manager and a new coaching staff is now in place. It is an excellent chance for everyone involved to start fresh.
Gleason has played in 491 games with Carolina from 2006 to 2014, as well as being an alternate captain with the team throughout the years.
Upon being traded to the Maple Leafs, Gleason played in 39 games and averaged around 20 minutes of ice time per game. The change was refreshing and Gleason took the trade as a way to revamp his play and get back to the excellent player he once was and knew he could still be.
“It’s almost like a new outlook on life type of deal. There’s a clean slate,” Gleason said. “It’s an opportunity for everybody to prove themselves.”
The Hurricanes seem to piecing things together to become a successful team in the coming season. Hopefully the chemistry between the players and new management staff will bring the franchise to the top of the league.