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From everything I've read Johnson wasn't going to play for the Hurricanes anyway so maybe this was a get what you can trade. Gleason is not a bad defenceman and Johnson while full of promise still has to prove it on the NHL ice.
That's an awful trade for the 'Canes. I was under the impression that Johnson would eventually sign with Carolina, but wanted to finish College first. Gleason is a fairly good player, but hasn't lived up to expectations yet. Belanger is a throw in and Tverdosky was expendable. Great trade for LA. They're going to be incredibly scary in a few years.
After the Canes impressive season last year, there wasn't much need for a trade.
Even though you dont see all-star names on that trade sheet, Carolina got ripped and I think LA was taking advantage of a drunk 'Canes GM.
The Carolina Hurricanes have traded the rights to defenceman Jack Johnson and defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenceman Tim Gleason and centre Eric Belanger
In the future this trade is great for LA. Tverdovsky is a bit of a flake & did not fit in with Carolina or the Hurricane cap @ 2.5 MIL/year. Jack Johnson looks like he's going to be a beauty. I wonder why Carolina gave up on him so quick?
I also like this trade for the Hurricanes. I liked what I saw from Gleason 6' 215 lb 23 years old D-man. Decent size & some offense. Belanger will cover for Stillman while he recovers. Good skater & got 33-37 points on a bad LA team the last couple of years. Carolina sticking with its "SPEED KILLS" philosophy.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill
It has been said that a top-tier defenceman like Jack Johnson comes along once every 5 years or more. How much is a future franchise defenceman worth? A helluva lot more than a Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger. I think once Johnson comes to the NHL and people see what he can do, this trade will be looked upon as worse than the Thornton trade.