Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Seven months after trading him to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Carolina Hurricanes have brought back defenseman Tim Gleason, signing him to one-year, $1.2 million deal.
“I’m obviously excited to get back,” Gleason said. “I know the area and the organization and this will be a clean slate for myself.
“I know some people probably look at me and say I’m over the hill or almost there, but I’m 31. I want to prove to everybody that I can still do it and do it for a long time. I know I’ve got it in me,” he added.
“The Canes are aware of what Gleason can do when he’s healthy, committed and playing hard,” said Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis as he announced the signing.
Gleason spent parts of eight productive seasons with Carolina, helping the Canes reach the NHL Eastern Conference finals in 2009.
He was a rugged, physical force on the blue line and a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won silver in the 2010 Winter Games.
However, Gleason suffered a concussion in a preseason game last year and missed the first 10 games. He later had some back issues that kept him out of more games.
On New Year’s Day, the Canes traded him to the Leafs for defenseman John-Michael Liles and defensive prospect Dennis Robertson.
Gleason played 39 games for the Leafs and finished with a minus-14 rating. Earlier this week, the Leafs bought out his contract for $5.7 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.