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By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
Tim Gleason feels like he is a kid going back in school.
The veteran NHL defenceman joined his Maple Leafs at practice on Friday, trying to get used to a new team and new systems, a couple days after his trade to Toronto from Carolina.
Gleason was acquired by the Leafs for defenceman John-Michael Liles and a prospect.
He could handle the frigid Toronto temperatures, but Gleason admitted the media presence was a bit daunting.
“It’s exciting to be here,” smiled Gleason, in front of 6 TV cameras and 20 reporters in all. “Usually it is just the two of you.”
Once the 30 year old realized he was in a hockey mad market, it was to the ice for a lengthy practice where he was paired up with Mark Fraser.
Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say if Gleason would play Saturday against the Rangers, suggesting he might want to give Gleason some time to get acclimated to his new surroundings.
But when the 6 foot, 217 pound blueliner does play, his role...