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Tim Gleason signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:50 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:42 pm
GleasonBy: Adam Gretz

The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the top teams circulating in the rumor mill right now, and while one of their upcoming free agents (forward Tuomo Ruutu) could soon be on the move, another one has been taken off the market.

The team announced on Monday afternoon that defenseman Tim Gleason has signed a four-year contract extension, a deal that will pay him a total of $16 million, which comes out to a salary cap hit of $4 million per season.

Had the two sides not agreed to a new deal he would have either been an unrestricted free agent on July 1, or been dealt before the Feb. 27 trade deadline as his name was one of the most popular ones in trade talks.

"It’s kind of a nightmare, but it comes with the territory," Gleason said. "I was going somewhere every day for the last month."

Said general manager Jim Rutherford, “We thank Tim for choosing to stay with the Hurricanes long term. 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.”

Head coach Kirk Muller added to that sentiment.

"He’s played hard, and he’s done a great job of shutting the top lines recently," Muller said. "The organization is real excited that he wanted to make a commitment to stay here and be a part of what we’re doing."

The 29-year-old defenseman has one goal and 13 assists this season in 51 games, and has recorded 114 points in 599 NHL games. That said, offense has little to do with what he brings to the table for the Hurricanes as he is their go-to player for the top defensive assignments, and is one of the more underrated defensive-defenseman in the league.

Gleason has been with the Hurricanes since the start of the 2006-07 season when he was acquired from Los Angeles in the deal that sent Jack Johnson to the Kings.

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:27 pm

Tim Gleason signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

Loved Gleason's comment about a trade - "If it was just me, whatever"  but since he was married and has a family, elected to put family at least on par with hockey.  They had developed a lot of friends outside of hockey and she wanted to stay.  The 'Canes wanted him and he made it happen.

Aaron Ward went the other way with the Bruins and his game suffered.  His family stayed here and to this day says he regrets the lost time with his kids.  Its a rough life for these guys after they get married and have kids.  Rough on everyone regardless of the money.

Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:26 pm

Tim Gleason signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

Really wanted Gleason to come to NY myself... Now it looks like NY will have to look for a trade to get rid of the surplus of forwards... I'm thinking that we'll pull a trade with Winnipeg. They're looking to ship out Hainsey and others for some offense.

NY also needs goal scorers too though. The only 'goal scorer' on is Gaborik.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:49 am

Tim Gleason signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

What is shocking is Rutherford signed a player during the season.  Something he doesn't do.  I think the fact Erik Cole walked away after the season last year woke Rutherford up.  He thought he had Cole in the bag, but because he refused to talk to him or his agent during the season he lost him and the Canes suffered, see Eric Staal.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:52 pm

Tim Gleason signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

Hey, what do you know - I was actually right about something.  It didn't take a lot of brains to see that all the talk about Gleason being as good as traded was ignorance.  Carolina has always loved this guy - they would never have traded J. Johnson otherwise.  Gleason was an Olympian, for crying out loud, and he plays mean defense.  True guts and gore kind of d-man.  In other words, the Canes have never seen anyone like him and they'll not let him walk unless absolutely necessary.  Trading Kaberle made his retention automatic, as far as I could tell and I reminded people then that, had Staal not taken it, Gleason was a strong contender for the C a few years ago. 

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