Leafs Buy Out Tim Gleason

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 30 2014 10:31AM

In a move that frees up some much needed cap space in the final hours before free agency, the Toronto Maple Leafs have bought out the contract of Tim Gleason. It's a regular buyout that will count towards the Salary Cap for four more years.

Is This A Good Move?

Definitely. To put it bluntly, Tim Gleason was not particularly good for either team he played for this season. The Hurricanes got next to no offensive production out of him, and the Leafs got slightly more but a still insignificant amount. On the other side of the ice, Gleason "looked" defensively sound, in the sense that he hit people every so often and blocked shots, but was poor at preventing shots from actually happening (CF% rel of -2.3 in Carolina, -5.2 in Toronto). Not getting any younger and with multiple consecutive seasons of disappointment to his credit, he was by far the most expendable player on the roster.

Implications

Gleason was due for a cap hit of $4 million a year for the next four years. Instead, the structure of his buyout has him counting for $833,333 next year, $1.833M in 2015/16, and $1.333M in the two years following. This saves the Leafs $3.1 million in the immediate.

Realistically, this shouldn't have been a move the Leafs had to make. Both compliance buyouts they made were kind of sketchy; Mikhail Grabovski for his ability to play hockey, and Mike Komisarek for his only having a year remaining. Realistically, John-Michael Liles should have been bought out instead of one of the two (knowing management's plans, Komisarek). That way, the trade to acquire Gleason would not have been necessary to begin with.

Alas, it is what it is. The Leafs get a little richer for now. They also get a bit of addition by subtraction. Besides, having a buyout penalty on the books is Leafs tradition at this point! Somebody had to replace Colby Armstrong and Darcy Tucker, after all.

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#1 Benjamin
June 30 2014, 10:40AM
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Hehehe

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#2 Tim Gleason
June 30 2014, 11:31AM
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You idiots.

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#3 Tyler
June 30 2014, 02:27PM
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I want John-Michael Liles back.

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#4 leafer4life
June 30 2014, 02:58PM
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This is another stupid move by the potato and carlyle. First they trade a better dman (Gunnar) for Polak who himself is a worse player then Gleason. And then the potato buys out the better player (gleason) because the guy is incompetent GM.

Also you miss that if the potato hadn't signed Komisarek in the first place or extended a concussed liles we would not have to deal with this problem at all.

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#5 TGT23
July 01 2014, 06:05AM
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@leafer4life

Gleason being worse than Polak at this point is highly debateable. Gleason is older, probably equally as slow, and makes more money...

Neither are particularly great, mind you. But Gleason is surely the worst of the two and having him mostly off the books only helps.

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