National Hockey League

Hurricanes acquire Liles from Maple Leafs

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason.

The Hurricanes also receive the rights to defenseman Dennis Robertson from Toronto as part of the deal.

Liles played in six games with the Leafs this season without registering a point. He has 77 goals and 236 assists in 627 career games with the Avalanche and Leafs.

"John-Michael is a puck-moving defenseman who has demonstrated in his career that he can make a difference offensively from the blue line," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Gleason had one assist in 17 games with the Hurricanes this season. The 30- year-old has 15 goals and 113 assists in 616 career games with the Kings and Hurricanes.

"Tim has been a valuable player and leader for the Hurricanes for a long time. We thank him for the contributions he has made to the team and the community and wish him all the best as his career continues," Rutherford said.

Robertson is a senior defenseman at Brown University. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

01/01 18:28:23 ET