Tim Gleason waived by Maple Leafs, expected to be bought out

Tim Gleason played half a season for Toronto. (Getty Images)
Tim Gleason played half a season for Toronto. (Getty Images)

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On Monday the Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Tim Gleason on unconditional waivers, a path to a buyout of the remaining two years on his contract.

The Maple Leafs don't have any more compliance buyouts after using both last summer on Mikhail Grabovski and Mike Komisarek so this would of the standard buyout variet. That means that with two years at an average of $4 million remaining on his contract, Gleason will count for varying numbers against the cap the next four seasons, anywhere between $833,333 and $1.83 million.

Assuming the buyout does go through, Gleason will join the class of defensemen in free agency when it opens on Tuesday.

On the one hand it's pretty easy to see the Maple Leafs' thinking here; Gleason is an expensive player who didn't give them tremendous production after a mid-season trade. Not to mention the Leafs just acquired Roman Polak to help fill that "tough to play" spot on defense that Gleason will vacate.

On the other hand, though, is that fact that they traded for Gleaseon at the Winter Classic, dealing one tough contract in John-Michael Liles to Carolina for another. It sure doesn't look like a good deal in retrospect.

Gleason, 31, played 56 games last season and finished with a goal and five assists. As a Maple Leaf he averaged 16:57 of ice time per game, making his $4 million cap hit an awful lot for a bottom-pairing player.

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