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January 30, 2012 | 10:53am ET
Gleason signs four-year extension
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tim Gleason to a four-year, $16 million contract extension, which includes a no-trade clause.

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 Hurricanes GM Jim 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.

Originally acquired from the Los Angeles Kings along with Eric Belanger in exchange for Oleg Tverdovsky and Jack Johnson, Gleason has totaled 86 points (13G, 73A) and 416 penalty minutes in 401 games with the Hurricanes.

The Clawson, MI, native was a first-round selection (23rd overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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