Gleason Re-signs With ‘Canes, Rangers Must Look Elsewhere

A name that has been bounced around all season as a potential trade target for the New York Rangers was taken off the market today, when Tim Gleason re-signed with the Carolina Hurricanes for four-years and about $4 million per.

The 29-year-old has one goal and 13 assists in 51 games this season. He’s never scored more than five goals in a single season, or broken 21 points.

The reason I mention his poor stats is because the last thing the Rangers need is a shutdown defenseman. The Rangers need some pop from the point, and Gleason would not provide that. With Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh all more defensive defenseman, not to mention Michael Sauer and Steve Eminger when healthy, this blueline is desperate for some scoring punch.

There are options out there for the Rangers to explore to improve their blueline, but I don’t think Gleason was the answer. As a Ranger fan, I’m glad he’s staying in Carolina.

Follow Matt on Twitter @MattCalamia

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