Gleason remains a Hurricane.

The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the re-signing of defenseman Tim Gleason to a four-year contract extension. Gleason will earn $3.5 million in 2012-13, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, I don’t believe this is a “sign-and-trade” by the Hurricanes. This move takes Gleason, considered the best defenseman thought available by the trade deadline, off the market. A surprising move, as it was thought the Hurricanes would deal him rather than risk losing him for nothing. Other Hurricanes blueliners likely to be shopped are Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek.