Hurricanes bring back defenseman Gleason
Posted July 2, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to make moves in free agency, resigning forward Zach Boychuk Wednesday and bringing back former Hurricane defenseman Tim Gleason Thursday.
Gleason signed a one-year contract that will play him $1.2 million for the 2014-15 season. The 31-year-old defenseman split the 2013-14 season between Carolina and Toronto, totaling six points (1g, 5a) and 65 penalty minutes in 56 games.
“We obviously know well what Tim brings to our team on and off the ice and how he fits in our organization,” said Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis. “We are happy that he is choosing to return to Raleigh.”
Gleason was traded to the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 in exchange for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson, after more than seven seasons with Carolina.
Boychuk singed a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level , or $200,000 on the AHL level, with a guarantee of $275,000.
During the 2013-14 season, Boychuk split time between the Hurricanes and their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. He led the AHL with 36 goals, a Checkers club-record.
Boychuk also scored one goal with three assissts in 11 games with the Hurricanes.
Originally, Boychuk was drafted 14th overall in 2008 by the Hurricanes, and has appeared in 96 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Nashville and Carolina.
Carolina also signed two free agents Wednesday, center Jay McClement and forward Greg Nemisz.
McClement comes to the Hurricanes on a one-year, $1 million contract.
After spending the 2013-14 season, his ninth, with the Toronto Maple Leafs, McClement will look to better Carolina's face-off percentage, after ranking in the top 25 in the NHL.
McClement earned 10 points (4g, 6a) for the Maple Leafs in 81 games.
Nemisz signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes. The deal will pay Nemisz $600,000 in the NHL or $100,000 in the AHL, with a guarantee of at least $125,000.
The Hurricanes acquired Nemisz from the Calgary Flames in a Dec. 30 trade for Kevin Westgarth. In 14 games with Charlotte, Nemisz scored three goals with eight assists before being sidelined with an injury in early March.