NHL Notes: Hurricanes bring back Tim Gleason

NHL Notes: Hurricanes bring back Tim Gleason
July 3, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Defenseman Tim Gleason, who played parts of eight seasons for the Hurricanes before being traded to the Maple Leafs in January, signed a one-year deal to go back to Carolina. (USA Today Images)

RALEIGH, N.C -- The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing back Tim Gleason.

General manager Ron Francis said Thursday that the team and Gleason have agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Carolina traded the 31-year-old defenseman to Toronto on Jan. 1 for John-Michael Liles and a prospect. The Maple Leafs placed Gleason on unconditional waivers this week for the purpose of buying out his contract.

Gleason -- who was originally acquired by Carolina in a trade with Los Angeles in September 2006 -- had signed a four-year extension with the Hurricanes in July 2012.

Francis says the Hurricanes "obviously know well what Tim brings to our team on and off the ice."

He had one goal, five assists and 65 penalty minutes in 56 games last season with Carolina and Toronto.

The Hurricanes also agreed to one-year, two-way deals with two minor leaguers.

Right wing Jared Staal -- the younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal -- will make $550,000 at the NHL level or $65,000 in the minor leagues. Michal Jordan will make $550,000 in the NHL or $200,000 in the minor leagues with a guarantee of $225,000.

Maple Leafs: Kontiola, Santorelli sign 1-year deals
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Mike Santorelli and Petri Kontiola to one-year contracts on Thursday.

Santorelli spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kontiola will reportedly make $1.1 million.

Coupled with Tuesday's signing of Leo Komarov, the Leafs retooled at forward after letting Mason Raymond, Dave Bolland and Jay McClement leave in free agency. Komarov returned to Toronto after a year in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Kontiola could be the Leafs' No. 3 center. Santorelli could also fill that role or replace McClement on the fourth line.

Santorell had 10 goals and 18 assists in 49 games for Vancouver before a shoulder injury derailed his season.

Kontiola spent the past five seasons in the KHL. Before that he played 12 games for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007-08 season, getting five assists.

He helped Finland win a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics with five points in six games.

Coyotes: Regier tabbed as assistant GM
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have named former Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier as senior vice president and assistant general manager.

He replaces Brad Treliving, who became the Calgary Flames' general manager in April, and will work under Coyotes GM Don Maloney.

Regier spent 17 years as Buffalo's general manager, the longest tenure in the franchise's 44-year history. He helped lead the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup final and the Eastern Conference final four times.

The 58-year-old oversaw all aspects of Buffalo's hockey operations and for the franchise's AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

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