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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72