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January 29, 2012 | 10:53am ET
Ward available, Gleason staying?

According to the Ottawa Sun, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford could decide to set off a total rebuild as the trade deadline approaches.

While defenseman Jaroslav Spacek could be targeted by the Florida Panthers in the upcoming weeks, other members of the Canes could be moved to allow the team to start a fresh rebuilding process.

Although captain Eric Staal has been mentioned as an untouchable several times throughout the season, starting netminder Cam Ward could be moved as part of the solution.

The 27-year-old holds a $6.3 million cap hit, which runs through the 2014-15 season, and has posted a .909 save percentage and 2.86 goals-against-average in 44 games so far.

The Hurricanes are currently sitting in last place of the Eastern Conference and could get a significant return for Ward if he does hit the market, as the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets are amongst teams that have been shopping for a veteran goaltender for many weeks now.

Meanwhile, TFP has learned that the Hurricanes are close to signing defenseman Tim Gleason to a new contract.

Gleason is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and has been highly coveted by several teams. If he inks a new deal, it's believed the Hurricanes will not trade him this season.

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