Forget all the trade speculation about Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. He's staying put.
The Canes announced today they have re-signed Gleason to a four-year contract extension that will pay him $3.5 million in 2012-13, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and $3.5 million in 2015-16.
"I have a really good feeling for myself and my family," Gleason said today. "At the end of the day, it's a place where you want to play hockey a place where you want to live. We're very ecstatic, very happy.
"I have a family now. If I was by myself, it would be a kind of a whatever thing. But having a family and having them like it here, it's a huge input in our decision. And with the core of players we have here, the team that we have, the way we're going forward and how things have changed around the last month or two, is something you have to look at, too."
General manager Jim Rutherford today called Gleason one of the Canes' "core players" and said he made an exception for him -- re-signing a player during a season.
"This was a first for me," Rutherford said. "This is an exception to everything I've done in the past. But there were so many (trade) rumors out there about Tim.
"When we look at Tim, we look at him as a core player, one of our (alternate) captains, one of our leaders. Bringing this to closure made a lot of sense and I'm happy he decided to do it."
Rutherford said Gleason, 29, has a no-trade clause in each of the first two seasons of the extension.
"That's not to say we might want to trade him in year three or four," Rutherford said. "But in the (NHL salary) cap system, that gives us some flexibility."
Gleason's name had been a constant in recent trade gossip. Due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, he expected that but said it did become burdensome.
"It's kind of a nightmare but it comes with the territory," he said. "I thought I was going somewhere every day for the last month.
"It's not really the contract thing but it's more or less if you're getting traded every single day. But when it came down to playing my game, I just did it."
Gleason is in his eighth NHL season and sixth with the Canes. He leads all Hurricanes defensemen in hits (87), plus/minus (+2) and total minutes played (1,063).
Gleason is second among Carolina blueliners in assists (13) and penalty minutes (44), and third in points (14), playing in all 51 games this season.
"We're really happy for him," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "Obviously it shows the commitment the organization has to him being a part of the puzzle moving forward.
"He's played hard, he's done a great job shutting down the top lines recently. I just think he's a great part of that group inside (the room). The organization is excited that he wanted to make a commitment to stay here and be a part of what we're doing."