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Carolina Extends Gleason

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Tim Gleason to a four-year contract extension. The deal will pay Gleason $3.5 million in 2012-13, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16.

“We thank Tim for choosing to stay with the Hurricanes long term,” said Rutherford. “He is one of our core players, someone who brings character and leadership to our locker room, along with being a key piece on the ice. This is a very important signing for our team going forward.”

Gleason, 29, is in his eighth NHL season and sixth with the Hurricanes, and currently leads all Hurricanes defensemen in hits (87), plus/minus (+2) and total minutes played (1,063). He ranks second among Carolina blueliners in assists (13) and penalty minutes (44), and third in points (14), skating in all 51 games for the team this season.

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Paul's avatar

Guess we can scratch Gleason off the available dmen list.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/30/12 at 03:31 PM ET

DocF's avatar

This indicates to me that Carolina is not planning on dumping players at the deadline.  Tim Gleason is the only defenseman they have who is really an NHL blue-liner.  They can give up almost everyone on the team and be the same or better as they are right now.  They need to hang on to Jeff Skinner, Brandon Sutter, Gleason, and Cam Ward.  Not one other player should be set in case hardened fudge, let alone concrete.  I am sure they will keep Eric Staal, although I have seen him regularly vanish when the going gets tough. 


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 01/31/12 at 03:39 AM ET

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