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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Defenseman agrees to one-year contract


Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Glen Wesley to a one-year contract. The deal will pay Wesley $1.2 million in 2006-07.

“Glen has been a fixture on our blueline for many years and we are thrilled that he is coming back for another season,” said Rutherford. “His leadership and reliability are very valuable to our team.”

Wesley, 37, completed his 18th NHL season in 2005-06, tallying two goals and eight assists (10 points) in 64 regular-season games with Carolina. The Red Deer, Alb., native was fourth on the team in plus/minus (+10) and became the 12th defenseman in NHL history to reach 1,300 career games when he skated against Tampa Bay on March 27.

Wesley, who serves as an alternate captain for Carolina, played in all 25 of Carolina’s postseason contests, earning the first Stanley Cup of his career when the Hurricanes won Game 7 against Edmonton on June 19 – the 169th playoff game of his NHL career. Wesley earned two assists during Carolina’s playoff run, and was second on the team on blocked shots with 56. He was a key member of the Hurricanes’ penalty kill, averaging more than four minutes per game shorthanded, third-most on the team.

Wesley (6’1’’, 205 lbs.) has totaled 126 goals and 390 assists (516 points) and 937 penalty minutes in 1,311 career NHL games with Boston, Toronto and the Carolina franchise. He ranks second in franchise history in games played (767) and 12th in assists (157). Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (3rd overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Wesley has totaled 52 points (15g, 37a) in 169 career playoff games, which include four trips to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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