NHL Free Agency Grades 2014: Carolina Hurricanes Free Agent Signings

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Apr 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman

Tim Gleason

(8) shoots the puck against the Winnipeg Jets at the Air Canada Centre. Winnipeg defeated Toronto 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes brought back a familiar face on July 3 with the signing of Tim Gleason. Gleason split last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After dealing with concussion issues and a broken foot, Tim Gleason will look to get back to his old form next year in a diminished role with a team that he is very used to.

This was a very good signing by the Carolina Hurricanes. Tim Gleason is a guy that leads by example, and hi tough, defensive game should be terrific in a bottom-pairing role.

Tim Gleason’s return to Raleigh is good for the Hurricanes. He will be put in a depth role to start the season, and he will be able to relax and play his game.

Grade: B