Tim Gleason is going to get a shot at the playoffs this season after all.
The Washington Capitals announced this afternoon they have acquired the 32-year-old blueliner for the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.
Gleason, who has spent nine of his eleven seasons with the Hurricanes, will join his third team in three seasons with the trade to Washington. He was signed by Carolina in the off-season to a one-year, $1.2 million contract after being dealt by the Hurricanes to the Maple Leafs last season.
“We are pleased to welcome Tim to our organization,” said Captials GM Brian MacLellan. “Tim is a veteran, physical defenseman and we feel his experience, toughness and skill set further strengthens our blueline.”
In 55 games this season, Gleason has one goal and seven points and has been a sturdy depth defender for the lowly Hurricanes, averaging nearly 17 minutes per game on Carolina’s blueline. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Hillen, 29, has suited up for only 35 games this season for the Capitals and is in the final year of a two-year, $1.4 million deal he inked with Washington in 2014. Like Gleason, the 29-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.