Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes’ Pesce receives 6-year contract extension worth $4.025 million a season

The Canes' Brett Pesce (22) moves the puck against the Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
The Canes' Brett Pesce (22) moves the puck against the Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period at PNC Arena in Raleigh. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday agreed to terms with defenseman Brett Pesce on a six-year contract extension that will begin in the 2018-19 season and pay Pesce $4.025 million per season.

“Brett took another big step forward last season,” general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively. We plan for him to be a part of the Hurricanes’ defensive corps for a long time.”

Pesce, 22, completed his second full professional season in 2016-17, playing all 82 Hurricanes’ games. He set NHL career highs with 18 assists and 20 points, and, along with his defensive partner Jaccob Slavin, posted a franchise single-season best plus-23 plus/minus rating. Pesce and Slavin finished the 2016-17 season ranked tied for 10th among all NHL skaters in plus/minus.

Slavin recently was signed to a seven-year extension that begins in 2018-19 and has an average annual value of $5.3 million.

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