As the Carolina Hurricanes were wrapping up a decisive 4-1 home victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, a former Hurricane was finalizing an important decision of his own.
Defenseman Tim Gleason informed the team on Thursday that he is ending his professional tryout bid.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.
“We wish Tim and his family nothing but the best.”
Gleason, 32, played 546 games for the franchise between 2006 and 2015, totaling 107 points (14g, 93a) and 537 penalty minutes. He ranks first in Hurricanes history for penalty minutes by a defenseman, and second in games played by a blueliner since the team’s arrival in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes dealt the Clawson, MI, native to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 28, 2015, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft (Callum Booth) and Jack Hillen. Gleason went on to play 17 regular-season and 14 Stanley Cup playoff games before the Caps were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the New York Rangers.