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New York Islanders: 5 Options From Hurricanes Fire Sale

By Matt O'Leary
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 8: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes, right, and James Wisniewski #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes warmup before their game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on October 8, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 8: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes, right, and James Wisniewski #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes warmup before their game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on October 8, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO,ON – DECEMBER 19: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 19, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Hurricanes 8-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Brett Pesce

Pesce was a former third-round pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013. He now has three years of NHL experience underneath his belt and at age 23 he’s developed into a pretty solid NHL defenseman.

In 65 games this past year, Pesce had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) with a 54.0 CF% which was fifth best for Hurricanes defenseman. That’s a point pace of 24 for Pesce if he played in all 82 games, which would’ve been a career high in points.

Pesce may never be a top-pair kind of guy but he’s a solid second pairing d-man which could come in handy especially if Calvin de Haan departs in free agency on July 1.

Due to his age and potential, he’s going to be costly to acquire. Another thing to drive up the cost is his contract. He’s under control for six-years at just over $4 million per year. Even though Pesce isn’t as talented as Faulk it may cost just as much to acquire him just based on the length of the contract.

Pesce is certainly worth having a conversation over if Carolina is serious about lowing this thing sky high.

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