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Welcome back: ‘Canes sign Gleason to one-year, $1.2 million deal

Jul 3, 2014, 9:01 AM EST

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Free agency sometimes brings players together with their old teams. Such is the case in Carolina.

The Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tim Gleason to a one-year, $1.2 million deal. Gleason was traded by the Hurricanes to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 and was bought out by the Leafs on Monday.

Carolina brings comfort and opportunity for Gleason. After seeing things not go especially great in Toronto, he returns to the team he’s spent over seven seasons with and established himself as a hard-nosed, physical defenseman.

One thing Carolina’s defense is lacking is physical play with puckhandlers like Justin Faulk, Andrej Sekera, and the player he was traded for, John-Michael Liles making up the blue line. If Gleason can return to his old self, it’ll be a benefit to the Hurricanes.

  1. raleighcaniac - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Canes shipped him to Toronto with a 4m per year contract that still had 2 years left so they just saved a ton of money/cap space. Hopefully he can find his game again. He plays (played) a physical no holds barred game. Welcome back Timmy.

    • channelguy - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Well, not really – they took Liles contract, which was very similar, in return. It was a trade of two bad contracts. They do get Gleason at a price which reflects his present abilities.

      Will he help them? I doubt it. In Toronto, he started out well, did a good job in his traditional defensive role. But he got worse as the season went on, and was so bad in the collapse that they bought him out. So I wouldn’t expect a career renaissance now that he’s back ‘home.’ As a third pairing/extra D he’s ok, but at this stage of his career, if you count on him to play quality minutes, you won’t make the playoffs.

  2. storminator16 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    If he is motivated and over the Tinordi TKO, then he is a decent replacement for Bellemore. With that said, Canes need an upgrade over Tim Gleason. He isn’t the same player he was years ago. Not finding any takers for Ward and having a team salary cap brought this. At the moment, it looks like the Canes are done tweaking the NHL roster; more than likely other free-agent signings will be to fill a lot of holes in Charlotte.

    With all the money thrown around this week, it is looking like there will be some big names moving at ’15 trade deadline and many of them are projecting to be Canes. Unless Bill Peters has the magic elixir to get Eric Staal to compete a full 82 games, this team will need to tank it. However, not sure if the market can support that.

    With that said, I think Bill Peters has the right stuff. Time will tell.

  3. valoisvipers - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Isn’t there some sort of rule about re-acquiring someone that has been bought out. I guess that would only apply to the team buying him out. So to circumvent the buyout the Rangers could have sent Richards to Calgary,have the Flames buy him out and then the Rangers could re-sign him. Of course the Rangers would have to make it worth Calgary’s trouble. Is this right?

    • storminator16 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Yes, the team buying him out can’t re-acquire him. Also, the scenario you mentioned I’ve never really thought of but I would think the NHL head office probably warned teams of such circumvention (one would hope).

      • rmccleary97 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Yes, the NHL had said that shipping a guy off to another team to be bought out and then re-signing the guy would be considered cap circumvention. This one probably passes muster, as Carolina got a contract of similar value back in the original deal and it wasn’t strictly, “do us a favor, we’ll give you a 6th if you cut him loose for us” kind of thing.

  4. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Sometimes you want to go

    Where everybody knows your name,
    and they’re always glad you came.
    You wanna be where you can see,
    our troubles are all the same
    You wanna be where everybody knows
    Your name

  5. stroh5584 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Welcome back Tim!!!

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