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'CANES ACQUIRE BELANGER, GLEASON FROM LOS ANGELES

Friday, 09.29.2006 / 8:15 PM / News
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\'CANES ACQUIRE BELANGER, GLEASON FROM LOS ANGELES
Defensemen Johnson and Tverdovsky head to Kings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Sept. 29, 2006

Eric Belanger has totaled 150 points (63g, 87a) during a five-year NHL career. Plans call for both he and Tim Gleason to be in the lineup Sunday night as the Hurricanes visit the Washington Capitals.

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason from Los Angeles in exchange for defensemen Jack Johnson and Oleg Tverdovsky.

“This deal improves our forward lines and adds a very good, young defenseman with NHL experience to the Hurricanes,” said Rutherford. “Eric and Tim strengthen the balance of our team.”

Belanger, 29, had 17 goals and 20 assists in 65 games with Los Angeles in 2005-06. The Sherbrooke, Que., native has recorded 63 goals, 87 assists (150 points) and 169 penalty minutes in 323 regular-season games in five seasons with the Kings since debuting in the NHL in 2000-01. Belanger (6’0”, 185 lbs.) was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round, 96th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Gleason, 23, completed his second NHL season in 2005-06, and recorded two goals and 19 assists (21 points) in 78 regular-season games with the Kings. He recorded an even plus/minus rating to rank third among the club’s regular defensemen, averaged 17:41 of ice time per game and his 77 penalty minutes ranked fifth among all Kings skaters. The Southfield, Mich., native was drafted by Ottawa in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, and was traded to Los Angeles along with future considerations for Bryan Smolinski on March 11, 2003. After four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, Gleason turned professional in 2003-04 and split the season between Los Angeles and the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, Manchester. In his first two NHL seasons, Gleason (6’0”, 217 lbs.) has played in 125 NHL regular-season games, scored two goals, earned 26 assists (28 points) and accumulated 98 penalty minutes.

Tim Gleason, a young, experienced defenseman, was the key to Friday's deal with Los Angeles. Possessing, speed, size and defensive ability, he has been on the Hurricanes' radr for several seasons.

The Carolina Hurricanes will open the 2006-07 season at the RBC Center on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. against the Buffalo Sabres. Individual-game tickets for “Opening Night 2” on Oct. 6 against New Jersey, and all Hurricanes home games in October and November are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 919-834-4000 or via www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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