Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Tim Gleason (shoulder) took to the ice Thursday morning for practice.

He's expected to play Thursday night after he was hurt late in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay. Gleason doesn't have any fantasy value, but he has been a very good acquisition for the Leafs since coming over from Carolina.

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Tim Gleason's undisclosed injury is related to his shoulder.

The good news is that Gleason underwent an X-ray and it came back negative. Although he missed Wednesday's practice, Gleason will probably play on Thursday.

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Tim Gleason suffered a "stinger" when he went down hard into the boards in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay.

The play didn't look that serious, but it took Gleason some time before he got up from the ice. He was roughed up a couple of times in the contest and his shot-blocking prowess was on display again when he was hit in the chest during the second period. It isn't clear if he'll be ready to play on Thursday.

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Tim Gleason's ice time is increasing with his new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and so is his confidence.

In a 5-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Gleason played a season-high 21 minutes and 30 seconds. That included his 17 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, who sent Gleason to the Leafs for fellow blue-liner John-Michael Liles on New Year's Day. Gleason has played well with Cody Franson, and the pairing has given the young tandem of Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly a little more time to breathe. "We have not asked him to do anything other than play good, solid defense," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "Be first on the puck, be hard to play against, move the puck effectively, and I thought he has done a pretty good job of that."

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Tim Gleason is expected to make his Toronto debut Tuesday night.

"I've been told I'm good to go, so I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Gleason Monday after practice. Carl Gunnarsson is day-to-day with a wrist injury, but there's a chance that he could still be available for Tuesday's contest. if Gunnarsson can play then another defenseman will probably scratched to make room for Gleason.

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Word is that Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle might give Tim Gleason the opportunity to debut during Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders.

Gleason wasn't much of a fantasy figure during his time with the Carolina Hurricanes, managing a single assist and -7 rating in 17 games in 2013-14. It's probably unrealistic to ask him to be anything more than a steady, subtle contributor, but the Buds are facing enough issues that there's the outside chance for at least a slightly heightened role for the 30-year-old. Perhaps.

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

Tim Gleason won't make his Leafs' debut Saturday night.

Gleason was acquired from Carolina the day of the Winter Classic in exchange for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson. He is set to be scratched against the New York Rangers, but it probably won't be long before he gets into the lineup.

Tim Gleason D TOR 3 Months

New Maple Leaf Tim Gleason thought one matter should be reconciled as quickly as possible, so he approached winger Nikolai Kulemin at his first opportunity during practice Friday.

On Jan. 24, 2011, during a scrum in Raleigh, tempers escalated between Gleason and the Russian-speaking Kulemin. The inexperienced Leaf unwisely tried to engage the scrappy Gleason and had his nose broken by one bloody punch. "I said no hard feelings," relayed Gleason. "I don't know if he understood. I think he did." At the Leafs' practice facility, Kulemin's stall is directly across from Gleason's. "We talked about it ... it's far away, now," Kulemin said. "He's a good player. He will help us."

Tim Gleason D TOR 4 Months

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson.

Like Liles, Gleason had a contract that made moving him a challenge. The newest Leafs blueliner comes with an average cap hit of $4 million annually for each of the next two seasons. He doesn't do too much offensively, but has 48 hits and 19 blocked shots in 17 contests in 2013-14.

Tim Gleason D TOR 4 Months

The Carolina Hurricanes might trade Tim Gleason in the very near future.

Gleason isn't practicing, which is likely an indication that the talks are serious enough for the Hurricanes to bench him until a move is complete. It's believed that the Toronto Maple Leafs are a serious contender for his services and the deal might involve John-Michael Liles.