Tim Gleason's name has cropped up in a lot of trade talk recently, but on Monday the Carolina Hurricanes signed him to a four-year contract extension.

Gleason will earn $3.5 million US in 2012-13, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16.

"He is one of our core players, someone who brings character and leadership to our locker room, along with being a key piece on the ice," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "This is a very important signing for our team going forward."

Gleason has a goal and 13 assists while appearing in all 51 of the team's games this season. Despite Carolina's struggles in the standings, he is a plus-2.

The Clawson, Mich., native was selcted in the first round by Ottawa in the 2001 draft, but the Senators eventually traded him to Los Angeles for Bryan Smolinski. He came to the Hurricanes via trade prior to the 2006-07 season.

Gleason won silver with the United States at the 2010 Olympics.