Fresh start with Maple Leafs working for Tim Gleason

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tim Gleason (8) battles for the puck with New York Islanders...

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tim Gleason (8) battles for the puck with New York Islanders defenceman Calvin de Haan during NHL play at the Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

The cliche is one that is thrown around, not uncommonly, when a player in any professional sport is traded.

“He just needs a change of scenery,” the player’s coach/general manager/agent often will say.

Seven games into his time as a Maple Leaf — and it’s a tenure that won’t end any time soon, as he is under contract through the 2015-16 National Hockey League season — Tim Gleason readily agreed that not only was a new look what he needed, but so far, has worked out.

“It’s a big part of it,” the six-foot, 217-pound Gleason said after the Leafs practised at the MasterCard Centre on Sunday morning, their final on-ice workout before heading out on a four-game trip that begins Monday in Phoenix versus the Coyotes.

“I’ve got my confidence back — every day knowing what my job is, and I have to do it on a consistent basis. The minutes are going to come.”


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