One of the expected prizes of the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline is off the market.
Defenseman Tim Gleason has resigned with the Carolina Hurricanes, a four-year deal worth $16 million, as announced by the team. Gleason has been rumored as a potential trade target for months as the Hurricanes have fallen out of playoff contention, but that seems to be gone now.
General manager Jim Rutherford praised Gleason as a vital cog on the Carolina blueline.
"We thank Tim for choosing to stay with the Hurricanes long term," said Rutherford in a team press release. "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."
Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that Gleason's deal comes with a full no-trade clause in its first two years. The extension goes into effect on July 1. Gleason will earn $3.5 million in the first year, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and $3.5 million in the final year, 2015-16. The deal hits the cap at an average annual value of $4 million per season.
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