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Big Game for Gleason

Tuesday, 01.12.2010 / 4:31 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Big Game for Gleason
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In an interview with our own Chuck Kaiton that will air in its entirety during Thursday night’s broadcast from Detroit, Toronto Maple Leafs and Team USA General Manager Brian Burke spoke highly of Tim Gleason’s chances at being named to the Olympic roster in the event that an incumbent suffers an injury prior to the games.

Tim Gleason is very much alive,” said Burke. “He’s played for us in the World Championships we all know him, we know what a solid guy he is, we know what a reliable defenseman he is and he’s very much alive.”

You can hear the Gleason-related excerpt of the interview here.

Of the seven defensemen who were chosen for Team USA, Paul Martin and Mike Komisarek are currently sidelined by injuries. Should another blueliner be needed before the games get going in mid-February, it appears Gleason has as good of a chance as any, and a much better chance than most in the media have given him credit for, of making the team as an alternate.

Burke noted that he will be watching Gleason closely tonight as his Maple Leafs take on the visiting Hurricanes and will submit a report to the rest of Team USA’s management after the game.

”On that last Sunday (February 14) that guys get on planes, that’s when we’re going to know who’s going,” he said. “Right up until then, we’re scouting.”

Needless to say, tonight is a big game for number six in white.

If Burke had his way and the team had chosen eight defensemen on the initial roster, Gleason may already be on the team. However, the rest of his staff insisted on taking the more conventional seven.

“I got out-voted,” said Burke.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62