Brett Pesce gets 6-year deal, Hurricanes continue smart summer

Hurricanes agree on 6-year deal with Pesce

Hurricanes agree on 6-year deal with Pesce

If you're the Carolina Hurricanes, you give Brett Pesce a six-year deal that pays him $4.025 million per season beginning in 2018-19, as they did on Tuesday. The contract has an average annual cap cost of $4.025 million. "He plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively".

Pesce, 22, teamed with Slavin to become Carolina's top defensive pairing last season.

The Canes signed Pesce's primary defensive partner, Jaccob Slavin, to a seven-year extension earlier this summer. Pesce has one more season remaining on his entry-level deal, so his new contract will kick in at the start of the 2018-19 campaign. The former third-round pick (66th overall in 2013) played just three games with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in his first full professional season in 2015-16 before being recalled to Raleigh, and Pesce has been a mainstay on the Hurricanes blue line since.

Drafted 66th overall by the Hurricanes in 2013, Pesce made his National Hockey League debut during the 2015-16 season after skating for three seasons at the University of New Hampshire. Forward Elias Lindholm is also a candidate for an extension.

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