Hurricanes Not Looking To Trade Brett Pesce Anymore

The Carolina Hurricanes loaded up this offseason and are looking like one of the Stanley Cup favourites. They were anticipating potentially trading Brett Pesce as he has one year left on his contract and deserves a pay raise. The team also brought in Dmitry Orlov, Tony DeAngelo, and Caleb Jones, making it seem like a trade was imminent for Pesce. Elliotte Friedman noted on 32 Thoughts that Pesce is no longer on the trade block.

Having Pesce stay with the team gives the Hurricanes one of, if not the best defensive cores in the NHL this season. He is a very good defensive defenseman and complements Brady Skjei very well on the second pairing.

The 28-year-old has one year left at $4.025 million AAV and is probably looking at $6 million or more on his next deal for five years at minimum. For a shutdown defender like he is that is very underrated, he will get lots of attention next offseason if the Hurricanes can't re-sign him or don't want to because of the cost. On top of his great defensive play, Pesce put up five goals and 30 points on a more defensive team. He will be a major piece this season now that the Hurricanes have decided to play out the year.

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