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Hurricanes bring back defenseman Gleason

Posted July 2
Updated July 3

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) lines up during the power play during the Hurricanes' 3-0 home loss to the Lightnings at PNC Arena on November 1, 2013 in Raleigh, NC (Photos By Anthony Barham)

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.

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  • mikeyfan5600 Jul 4, 8:52 a.m.

    This is a good pickup. Gleason didn't fit well with Mueller's game but the new coach with a Detroit background should be able to put Tims skills to good use. The one thing no coach has tried to exploit with Tim is his shot. He has a heavy shot but has never used it. Maybe this is the time to use it. Also with the Gleason signing we don't have to worry about Joni coming back. For what room we have on our Cap space this is a great signing. Now to spend about 2 million a year and sign Danny Heatley.

  • jscott13 Jul 3, 7:07 p.m.

    Agree with those who posted that we need Gleason for his toughness, grit and leadership skills.
    Gleason for captain!!!!

  • TeaBagOnLove Jul 3, 6:41 p.m.

    In Toronto Gleason had two years remaining on his contract (that JR provided initially) at 4... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    Actually the buyout is paid at about 80% of the contract value and paid over 4 years. The $1.2mm per year for 2 years makes Gleason whole on the original deal, but it takes 2 more years to break even.

    Not a double dip at all and on a cash flow basis it is a step backward since if Gleason were to retire after the 2 year deal with the Hurricanes...... he could not start collecting anything from his deferred comp with the league.

  • jdpridg Jul 3, 4:49 p.m.

    In Toronto Gleason had two years remaining on his contract (that JR provided initially) at 4... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    I maybe would give him the A on his jersey, but I feel that Skinner is really making a good case for the C.

  • imback Jul 3, 3:46 p.m.

    Haters gonna hate. Gleason brings grit, size, character and leadership. All of which are badly... View More

    — Posted by jbengel

    Haters going to hate. How original. Just because you don't agree with some of the comments, doesn't make them a "hater".

  • dougbogard Jul 3, 3:32 p.m.

    Gleason is a solid defenceman. He is no sissy, he will drop the gloves if needed.
    Which the canes need. Too many girly men on the roster, not enough men.
    Welcome back Mr. Gleason.

  • juniorsk831 Jul 3, 2:35 p.m.

    It gets better and better. Ever see the movie groundhog day? So Karmanos expects to lose money yet won't do what it takes to make this team relevant. So far I think JR trained Francis well.

  • wlcat609 Jul 3, 1:32 p.m.

    In Toronto Gleason had two years remaining on his contract (that JR provided initially) at 4 mill per year. He was bought out so he really doesn't need the money and that is why 1.2 mil is probably so low - a double dipper!

    Having said that I was sorry to see him go when he got traded and am glad to see him return - now if the powers that be will only make him the TEAM CAPTAIN, then I think the Canes would have a TRUE LEADER!

  • KTs baaaaaaacccccckkkkk Jul 3, 12:36 p.m.

    I'm shocked by the Gleason signing, even at that dollar amount. I thought we were trying to get... View More

    — Posted by Wags

    Who did you have in mind?

    — Posted by jbengel

    This. $1.2 million is market rate (maybe slightly under) for his services. One year contract is not risky at all in terms of length. That and there is nothing in Charlotte that's better than him right now.

  • jbengel Jul 3, 12:23 p.m.

    I'm shocked by the Gleason signing, even at that dollar amount. I thought we were trying to get... View More

    — Posted by Wags

    Who did you have in mind?

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