Tim Gleason, a Clawson native who played junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires, signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with Hurricanes. (Claus Andersen / Getty Images)
Raleigh, North Carolina — The Hurricanes have been busy the first few days of free agency.
General manager Ron Francis said Thursday the team and Tim Gleason (Clawson) 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.
Also, the Hurricanes signed free-agent center Jay McClement to a one-year, $1 million deal. McClement, 31, played for Toronto last season.
Carolina also agreed to a one-year deal with former first-round pick Zach Boychuk.
The Maple Leafs signed forwards Mike Santorelli and Petri
Kontiola to one-year contracts. Santorelli spent last season with the Canucks while Kontiola played in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
... The Stars re-signed center Vernon Fiddler to a two-year contract.
... The Islanders signed forwards Mikhail Grabov
ski and Nikolai
Kulemin to four-year contracts and agreed to a one-year contract with forward Cory Conacher.
... The Sabres signed defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year contract.
... The Coyotes have named former Sabres general manager Darcy Regier as senior vice president and assistant general manager. He replaces Brad Treliving, now the Flames general manager.
... Buffalo broadcaster Rick Jeanneret, who’s been calling Sabres games for more than 40 years, has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Jeanneret, 71, is expected to have treatment and hopes to call games next season.