RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed defenseman Glen Wesley to a one-year, $1 million contract Tuesday, bringing the 36-year-old fan favorite back for an 18th NHL season.

Wesley has played all but a fraction of the last 10 seasons with the Hartford-Carolina franchise.

“Glen has been a mainstay of this organization for a long time and he has made his home in North Carolina,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He is a leader on and off the ice and we are very happy to have him back for another season.”

Wesley was traded to Toronto in March 2003 in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2004. He played seven games that spring with the Maple Leafs, then re-signed with the Hurricanes the following summer.

Wesley completed his 17th season in 2003-04, tallying six assists in 74 games for Carolina. He led the team with a plus-18 rating.

He is third in franchise history in games played (703), and has 47 goals, 149 assists and 466 penalty minutes.

Wesley was originally drafted third overall by the Boston Bruins in 1987. In 1,247 career games, he has 124 goals, 382 assists and 891 penalty minutes.

The Hurricanes also signed defenseman Chris Hajt, who split last season between Portland of the AHL and Augusta of the East Coast Hockey League, to a one-year deal.

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