Hurricanes sign D Gleason to four-year extension Staff

1/30/2012 1:27:23 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenceman Tim Gleason to a four-year contract extension.

The deal will pay the 29-year-old $3.5 million next season, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16. The deal also has a full no-trade clause in the first two years of his four-year deal.

"We thank Tim for choosing to stay with the Hurricanes long term," president and general manager Jim Rutherford said 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 is in his eighth season in the NHL and sixth with the Hurricanes, currently leading all teammates in hits, plus/minus and total minutes played.

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