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Hurricanes re-sign defenseman Wesley to 1-year, $1.4M contract @NHLdotcom

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Glen Wesley re-signed with the Carolina Hurricanes Friday for one year at $1.4 million.

The 38-year-old defenseman completed his 19th NHL season and 12th with the franchise last year. An alternate captain, he had one goal and 12 assists while ranking second on the team with 103 blocked shots in 68 games.

Wesley considered retiring after the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup last season, which came in his fourth trip to the finals, before signing a one-year, $1.2 million contract in July.

Wesley is the only player left from the 1997-98 squad, which was the first in North Carolina for the former Hartford Whalers franchise. He ranks second in team history with 835 games played.

Carolina president and general manager Jim Rutherford called Wesley "a steadying force on our blue line."

"His leadership is important to the fabric of our dressing room and we are glad he is returning to play another season," Rutherford said.

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