Will Yoder
Tuesday January 31st, 2012

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tim Gleason to a four-year contract, according to the team’s website.

“We thank Tim for choosing to stay with the Hurricanes long term,” said Hurricane’s President and GM Jim Rutherford in a statement. “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 currently in his sixth season with the Hurricanes. In 51 games this season he has tallied one goal and 13 assists for 14 points on the year. Last season in 82 games he collected two goals and 14 assists for 16 points total. Carolina is currently in a three-way tie with the New York Islanders and the Buffalo Bills for having the fewest points in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes, 18-24-9, have the fewest wins in the conference.

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