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Stanley Cup Favourites No Longer Interested in Star Defensemen

Published July 24, 2023 at 1:49 PM
BY DAWSON MCKENZIE
     
Star defenseman Brett Pesce is speculated to be available for a trade, as he and the Carolina Hurricanes have not delved deep into contract talks, and Pesce's is set to expire after next season.

Cap Carrying Defenseman



Pesce carries a cap hit of $4.025 million for next year. The Toronto Maple Leafs were, at one point, showing interest in acquiring Pesce in a trade with the Hurricanes. However, it appears they are no longer interested in paying the price it would take to get Pesce.

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Pesce is well known for his shutdown defensive skills, with a career plus-minus of +82. He is coming off an impeccable season, tallying 30 points and a plus 11 rating.

Pesce's Possible Placements



Two teams remain interested in Pesce despite his high but deserved price, the Seattle Kraken and Calgary Flames.


Pesce has a modified trade clause in his current contract which includes 15 teams that he would be willing to go to in a trade. It is unknown whether or not the Flames and Kraken are on that list.

Pesce would add much-needed defensive depth to both teams if he is to be moved.

As Read on Hockey Patrol - "Maple Leafs Reportedly No Longer In on Star Defenseman"
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