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Off the market: Carolina signs Tim Gleason to four-year, $16 million extension

Jan 30, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT


You can cross Tim Gleason off your team’s trade wish list.

Gleason signed a four-year extension with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $16 million. With that cap hit of $4 million a year, he gets a raise from the $2.75 million a year he was making before.

With Gleason in the final year of his deal he was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and was a prime target for trades. Now he’s not going anywhere and the trade market for defensemen grows a bit thinner.

After seeing Francois Beauchemin get signed to an extension and with Ryan Suter apparently off the market now, the pickings are slim amongst defensemen with expiring deals who could be moved. Are you ready for the Hal Gill sweepstakes? How about Jaroslav Spacek or Andy Sutton? Yeah, we thought you were.

  1. velocirapist - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I have no idea why people haven’t been talking about Hal Gill. I don’t know why someone who purports to be a hockey writer would slag on a giant who has won a Stanley Cup and is an invaluable shot blocker/penalty killer.

    If we’re all willing to believe the Canucks want Travis Moen when their biggest issue in recent playoff series has been secondary and tertiary scoring, we should all be willing to believe they are (or at least should be) asking about Hal Gill in the same breath.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Hall Gill is solid & should not be mocked. I’m sure the Jets would trade Hainsey but I doubt anyone would want him. Odouya is someone who could add help to a team

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