Tim Gleason will not be a Blackhawk this season (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Well Scratch That Idea!

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tim Gleason to a four year $16 million contract.  This takes one of the best potential free agent blue liners off the trade market.  I wrote earlier today that Gleason was on top of my trade deadline wishlist, so it looks like I jinxed it.  Couple this with the Anaheim Ducks resigning Fracois Beauchemin to a three year deal, the trade market for defensemen has become much weaker.  This is why Stan Bowman gets paid the big bucks.  A top 4 defensemen is one of the Blackhawks biggest needs so it will be very interesting to see what StanBow comes up with.

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